On 4th October, the FCAEA – in conjunction with UN Environment and the Alchemist – hosted a screening and panel on climate change as a driver of conflict.
The very well-attended discussion, which featured Erik Solheim, the global head of UN Environment, and Rashid Abdi, Horn of Africa Project Director at the International Crisis Group, followed a screening of Laura Heaton and Nichole Sobecki’s short documentary “A Climate for Conflict”. The film explores the situation in neighbouring Somalia and was produced by GroundTruthFilms and originally published by Foreign Policy magazine. The filmmakers were also part of the panel, as was one of the film’s narrators Dr Abdirisak Ali, who joined us from Garowe, where he leads the team developing Somalia’s climate change policy.
The panel discussed how climate change continues to be an amplifier of conflict. The panellists also talked about Somalia’s charcoal trade and its effects, and the need for local, people-driven solutions and policies. The audience were very engaged and had many questions and comments to share during the Q&A session that followed the discussion.
To watch the Laura and Nichole’s film or read the associated magazine piece, follow this link.
You can also watch some of the highlights of the discussion below, and the full discussion here.
Post by Mutheu Mbondo; photography by Paul Munene. Video filmed and edited by Edwin Kariuki.