The different ways AAP teams are informing people about climate-related threats and opportunities and their work
Pictured: Lesotho’s Climate Change Ambassadors sing the praises of climate adaptation as their roadshow performs in the town of Mafeteng
AAP teams all over the continent have been using different media and techniques to inform the general public and targeted groups about climate change and the opportunities to prepare for it.
Through online video, performance, film and exhibits they are raising awareness of the issues we are working on and our successes in addressing them.
Video and film
Rwanda: Climate Change: Mitigation and adaptation activities
This video examines how climate change will affect agriculture in Rwanda and how the series of pilot projects in which the AAP is participating will help prepare responses to these impacts. These adaptation initiatives are being undertaken by the AAP in 10 districts across the country experiencing lower or higher rainfall than usual, soil erosion and increased soil acidity.
Dr Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), discusses how the intervention locations were selected and what the AAP and LDCF does at each. John Gapusi, a researcher at REMA, is also interviewed about the activities.
A farmer from Gatsibo District, Peter Muyambi, is interviewed about the problems his district is facing and the possible solutions to these.
The last section of the video then looks directly at the activities being undertaken in the 10 districts.
Rwanda: Senior citizen consultation documentaries
This two-part documentary series produced by AAP Rwanda documents traditional advice sourced from elderly Rwandans on resilience-boosting farming techniques.
The first part of the series documents a traditional form of weather forecasting called ivubro, which is done using a vase buried in the ground on a hillside. By monitoring the level of water in the vase, where it accrues according to the amount of moisture in the air, farmers can determine the onset and the end of rainy seasons.
The second part of the series features elders sharing advice on sustainable, chemical-free agricultural practices using organic fertilisers. Such techniques can provide farmers with a low-cost way of securing and increasing their yields.
Kenya: Securing the Future: Setting the Scene for a Low Carbon Resilient Future
This video, produced by the AAP with the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, shows local communities benefitting from adaptation initiatives that give them access to carbon credits and reduce their living costs. It highlights a series of initiatives being implemented by the Government of Kenya to help rural communities adapt to climate change. Different sections of the video look at:
- The REDD+ project in Taita Taveta, where locals are being assisted with sustainable production techniques and being taught how they can profit through carbon credits from protecting the environment.
- The Mikoko Project operating in coastal areas. The project rejuvenates mangrove ecosystems, which protect against climate change impacts and provide a source of carbon credits.
- The Ewangan CBO lighting project in the Ngong Hills, which provides residents and businesses with energy.
- The Nyongara Biogas Plant, which converts solid waste from the Nyongara abattoir into biogas to run the facility’s generator, reducing waste pollution in the area.
- The Kenya National Domestic Biogas Programme, which installs biogas units in farms.
- The Mutunguru Hydro dam project in Meru, which provides electricity for the local community, which is not connected to the national grid.
- A project to grow the Prosopis plant in Baringo, where reclaimed lands have reduced desertification and generated a charcoal industry.
- Maarifa Centresin various locations, which provide adaptation information resources to local communities.
Kenya: An Innovative Response to Climate Change
This second video produced by AAP Kenya looks at adaptation projects that the government and local communities are undertaking to combat the effects of climate change. These include the Imarisha Naivasha Programme, an effort to restore Lake Naivasha’s water level by planting water-retaining papyrus around it, and the Kerosene Free Programme, a five-year project to replace kerosene lamps and candles with LED solar lamps.
The video also looks at various adaptation strategies for communities such as early warning systems, water harvesting and storage, drought resistant and early maturing crops, well-suited animal breeding and crop insurance schemes. It shows how Mzee Sato, a resident of Nyamira, uses animal waste to power his house with biogas and how Pauline Langalat, who comes from the semi-arid region of Turkana East, harvests the water that she uses for farming.
Ghana: Towards Mainstreaming Climate Change and Disaster Risk into Ghana’s Development Policies and Plans
This video, produced by AAP Ghana, uses a range of visuals including animation, photos and maps along with sound effects and voiceovers to explain climate change and its effects.
It explains the aims of the AAP and outlines its targeted outputs. It describe five flood-related pilot projects and concludes with an explanation of how mainstreaming climate change is an effective way to confront the range of issues it exacerbates.
Nigeria: The Battle for Life
AAP Nigeria is filming a ‘docu-drama’, a short film that will portray the effects of climate change on the lives on ordinary Nigerians. Featuring known actors from the ‘Nollywood’ film industry, the movie will be toured around the country and shown at community events where it will be introduced by one of its stars and used as a precursor to public discussions and information sessions.
Lesotho: Climate change roadshow uses drama to drive message home
In Lesotho, a group of ‘Climate Change Youth Ambassadors’ who were recruited and trained by the AAP have taken their educational performances and vignettes on the road. Their climate change roadshow has now visited most of the country to spread the message about climate-related threats to Lesotho’s development.
With a focus on energy use and health, two areas identified by the AAP as pivotal to boosting the resilience of rural communities in Lesotho, the roadshow shared information on renewable and alternative energy sources accessible to the communities and on the need for hygienic household water storage systems given the expected increase in water-borne diseases. It also explained the aims and activities of the AAP. In each town the roadshow visited brochures detailing the mandate of AAP Lesotho and its objectives, activities and achievements were distributed and AAP promotional materials such as caps, T-shirts and pens were given to participants in the show’s question and answer sessions.
Nigeria: Climate of change
AAP Nigeria commissioned the production of a play about the struggles of rural life and the effects of climatic changes on this. The play will be performed in Abuga and Lagos in front of audiences expected to number over 2000, and a DVD recording of it will be shared with various partners.
Mauritius: Climate Change: Threats and Challenges
To raise public awareness of climate change and related issues AAP Mauritius, together with the country’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, has created an exhibition in a major public science facility.
The ‘Climate Change: Threats and Challenges’ exhibition, which is made up of panel displays, interactive stations and videos, will remain on view for three years. During this time it will inform huge numbers of Mauritians about the causes and impacts of climate change and encourage them to pursue sustainable and resilient ways of living.