A moment of peace: The missing stories

01 November 2021

Topics: climate COP26 UN

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Stories like Nyevero's are often missing from climate headlines. Joel Pratley / Act for Peace
It’s been a big week for our planet earth, with an even bigger week to come, as countries prepare to head to the UN’s climate summit - COP 26 - this weekend.

The summit has got everyone thinking about our planet, and importantly, what needs to be done to protect it. 

As we read and listen to all the media surrounding the event, I wanted to take the opportunity today to remind you of the stories – and the faces - which are often missed in climate headlines. 

Stories like those I’ve brought you from Vanuatu, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Tonga; of communities who are already leading initiatives to adapt to and reduce the impact of climate change-driven weather events, such as droughts and flooding. 

And today, I’d like to bring you another story of a woman named Nyevero; a mother of three and a trained Conservation Farmer in Zimbabwe.

 

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Despite drought conditions in Zimbabwe, Nyevero and her husband Johnny have been able to grow their own food and become self-sufficient thanks to the training run by our partner. Joel Pratley / Act for Peace
Families in Zimbabwe, as you may know, have been pushed to the limit by climate change-driven droughts, lower than normal household incomes and then the pandemic, which caused major food shortages across the country. 

Up against an increasingly unpredictable climate, many farmers in Zimbabwe face the real risk of needing to leave their homes. Thankfully, our partner, Christian Care, has been training and helping people like Nyevero to adapt. 

Over the past 10 years, their long-standing Conservation Farming program has helped hundreds of farmers like Nyevero to successfully grow food in difficult climates and become self-sufficient.  
With the skills she learned in the program, Nyevero had grown crops during the drought and established a successful fish farm and vegetable garden. She was able to use some of her earnings from surplus food she grew to buy supplies for her family before the lockdown began. These supplies were lifesaving. 

“I used to be taught. I feel very happy because now I teach so many people about Conservation Farming”, said Nyvero.

As we edge closer to COP 26, with mixed feelings over what it will bring, it’s stories like Nyevero’s that drive home the importance of these global discussions, and can provide the inspiration for leaders to adapt, innovate and make lasting change.

Together, we’re already making a difference. Now it’s time for our leaders to step up and do more to help us.

Words by Emma - Act for Peace team