Constance Okollet from Uganda, a member of Climate Wise Women, is at COP 17 to testify about the realities of climate change for poor, rural communities. She just described her experience of a drought, followed by floods and evacuation and then, after she and others had returned to their homes, mudslides. Poverty is so widespread that most of the households in her village can’t afford parafin for light, so families eat by moonlight. Food production has decreased precipitously since the climate has become so erratic…”and, we used to feed other countries,” Okollet added of Uganda. “We want our seasons,” she said. “We want climate justice.” Is COP 17 going to provide it?
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