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ISLAMIC RELIEF MALAWI Conducts Workshop on Climate Change

By Salimu Martin

Malawi is one of the most vulnerable  countries to climate  change and this has affected agricultural production which is the backbone of the country’s economy.

Climate  change in the country has exacerbated by high  population growth, rapid deforestation, and widespread soil erosion resulting  in changing rainfall  patterns, floods, droughts and prolonged dry spells.

Islamic Relief Malawi  has so far engaged religious leaders and other people to civic educate them on how they can mitigate the climate change in the country and the world at large.

Speaking in Blantyre during a two day workshop, Country Representative for Islamic Relief Malawi Sherifa Mia said the workshop will help people in the country to identify other alternatives in fighting against climate change

“Despite  the fact that Malawi’s greenhouse gas  emissions are minuscule, climate change is hitting poor countries first  as  a  result people are  suffering, especially women, children and the elderly. Climate  change is exacerbating  the inequalities that  already exist for women in Malawi,” Mia said.

According to Mia  civic education plays an essential role in increasing adaptation and mitigation capacities of  communities, and  empower women and men to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

Mia  further said that Climate change education is part of Islamic relief education for  sustainable development program. It also makes recommendations for   Malawian government and society to encourage them to take action to adapt to the messages  of climate change and make sure that women’s participation must be central to  any  of these efforts,” she added.

Speaking to Insight Magazine one of the participants  Sheikh Jafali Kawinga said that the workshop is beneficial as it will help people in the country to find ways of mitigating the climate change.

He further asked fellow participants to spread the message  obtained from the workshop  to those who did not attend.

“Let   me  commend Islamic  Relief Malawi  for coming up with this initiative.  This is a very important event to everyone as climate  change has affected us and what  I can ask my fellow participant is to implement lessons and skills we have acquired from  this  training. My   appeal to Islamic  relief is to organize  more training workshops  about climate change,” Kawinga  said.

The workshop  was held in partnership with Leadership for Environment and Development  (LEAD)

Over  180   million  people in  Sub- Saharan Africa alone  could  die as a result of climate change by the end of the century. Unpredictable rainfall patterns,  lower crop yields, soaring of food prices and dwindling natural resources are  already causing increased human migration, tension and conflict.

Despite the fact that Malawi’s greenhouse gas emissions are minuscule, climate change is hitting poor countries first as a result people are suffering, especially women, children and the elderly