Last week, farmers across east Africa joined with Ripple Effect staff, local dignitaries and even a brass band to take climate action.
Whilst we welcome a spotlight on the climate crisis and multi-lateral policy discussion, the COP meetings of previous years have made little impact on those living on the frontline of the climate crisis: smallholder farmers. So, in the lead up to the global climate convention in Dubai, farming communities in east Africa decided to lead the way through a series of climate actions. Their message to world leaders was clear: move from policy to action.
In Rwanda 1,000 farmers planted over 40,000 trees; in Kenya farmers marched and cycled from village to village showcasing practical ways to combat the climate crisis; in Uganda communities demonstrated how to produce climate-smart technologies such as fuel-efficient briquettes and natural ‘plant tea’ (an organic fertilizer made from natural and locally-available products); and in Ethiopia they held up placards in community gatherings to tell the COP leadership what was truly needed.