Life becomes survival – Climate witnesses in Germany

Climate change is a harsh reality. Its consequences hit people in poor countries particularly hard – people like Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim from Chad and Melvin Purzuelo from the Philippines.

Together with Oxfam they toured Germany to testify about the impact of climate change in their home countries. And also to get a closer look at some of the biggest drivers of climate change: coal and lignite.

Watch what they have to say:

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Chad

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is a member of the Mbororo, a nomadic community in Chad. She is an expert on indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change as well as on women and climate change in Africa. She represents the initiatives of indigenous peoples at the UN climate conferences and is the coordinator of the organization “Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad“ (AFPAT) which supports the interests of indigenous women.

Melvin Purzuelo, Philippines

Melvin Purzuelo from the Philippines works for the non-governmental organization “Green Forum - Western Visayas”. In this context, he supported the reconstruction after super typhoon Haiyan and helps communities with disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. Also, he is the co-initiator of the civil society network “Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy” (RISE) which opposes the construction of coal-fired power plants in the Philippines.

Climate witnesses visit Germany

All over the world, people are suffering from the consequences of climate change. People in poor countries like Chad or the Philippines are hit particularly hard, although they hardly contributed to this crisis. For them, climate change has already become an existential threat: Sea levels are rising, floods and storms cause massive destruction, clean water is becoming scarce in many places, enduring droughts and torrential rainfall reduce farm yields and destroy harvests worldwide.