Land is Life: Living on the frontline of climate change
Women are especially vulnerable to climate change. Worldwide, women do the bulk of farm work, so they have to work harder and for longer in hotter conditions. Existing gender inequities may be worsened as climate change increases.
"Land Is Life" photo exhibition, organized in Melbourne by Oxfam Australia, documents the stories of people from the Western Cape of South Africa and the small Pacific Island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu. The images share a story of women determination, innovation and resilience in the face of great adversity.
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In the Pacific, land is slowly being eaten away by storm surges, salination of arable soil, unpredictable weather and tidal inundations, all linked to climate change. Scientists have predicted that these low-lying coral atolls may be uninhabitable by mid-century.
In the Western Cape of South Africa, changing rainfall patterns and longer periods of drought are having a dramatic impact on the capacity of small-scale farmers, many of whom are women, to grow enough food to feed their family and earn an income. The latest research has stated that Sub-Saharan Africa can expect declines of 20-30 per cent in crop yields over the next 70 years due to climate change.