By: Tejal Patel
While seeing climate change and its life-threatening effects in the news is sorrowful, uplifting news such as Greta Thunberg and her impact on the world has influenced me to research more about its effects and help advocate about climate change. As dangerous as this issue is, it’s important to hear the positivity around the world and what others are doing to fight climate change.
In Darfur, Sudan, water is precious. There is only 20cm of rain a year, and climate change is making their problem worse. In addition to a shortage of basic necessities, research has shown that the impacts of climate change increase “the risk of armed struggles, particularly in regions where populations are already divided.” Any climate-related disaster increases armed conflict; in fact, a quarter of the violent conflict in ethnically divided countries were caused by climate. Violence occurs because groups fight over resources, especially water, or eventually flee from their territory.
Luckily in Darfur, a solution has been found. People have joined together to transform the seasonal river that runs by El Fasher into weirs, which are used to control the flow rates of rivers. They slow the flow of water from the rain, spreading it out, which also allows more people to work.
Now, farmers and camel herders who were once enemies are coming together to build these weirs and share resources. While there had been a lot of violence, groups who had previous differences have come together to work and fight challenges they face together.
Community and communication have enabled people to work together and solve problems they face. It is crucial that together, we continue to fight climate change and find ways for us to live a healthy and sustainable life.
EDIT: This workshop is now being held on February 23 not the date on the flier!
Dandilyonn is hosting a sustainable packaging workshop! Everyone is invited and for those of you who need volunteer hours, this is the place to go :) This workshop will be led by a StopWaste certified instructor (very cool!!) at a location in Fremont. Sign up at tinyurl.com/DLpackagingworkshop and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
We are so excited to share with you our newest project: the Dandilyonn Teen Activist Series!
Each week, we’ll be publishing pieces written by Dandilyonn volunteers, teenagers who are highly motivated to research climate issues and share their findings with others. These articles are meant to encourage younger generations to research, raise awareness about, and analyze solutions to current problems, playing an active role in the fight against climate change. And, they're also rewarded with service hours, based on the length and effort of the blog.
If you’d like to get involved, or know someone else who would, the process is easy! Simply fill out this proposal form and we’ll email you back shortly with more information.
We can’t wait to read everything our teen activists discover and we hope you leave with more knowledge and a greater appreciation for our planet.
By: Shreeya Indap
A new decade has begun and the Dandilyonn team is ready to get to work! This year, we’re hoping to expand the Dandilyonn community even more, increasing teenage awareness and involvement as the next generation of climate change activists. If you’re looking to pursue an environmental project, and earn a few service hours, this is the place for you! Dandilyonn will be opening up more opportunities in 2020 to make your passions possible. (We’ll be sharing more information about the options described below soon.)
We can’t wait to see where this new year takes us. We hope to see you at our events and to hear about your continued environmental activism in your everyday lives! Happy New Year from the Dandilyonn Team!