Every month, Mialy is updating us with the latest climate change news in Madagascar. Find monthly updates below and read her full story at the bottom of the page.
Despite having the most unique biodiversity in the world, Madagascar the third country in the world most vulnerable to climate change.
Deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change. We lose between 95,000 to 190,000 football fields worth of forest every year! The rate of deforestation is making our country more vulnerable and we are seeing a decrease in agricultural yields causing food insecurity across Madagascar.
To try and tackle this issue, the government with the help of charities have been working to promote an ecological culture among the population. The Arrupe Cente, supported by Jesuit Missions, have produced a mini- called ‘Tranobe Iombonantsika’ which translates into Our Common Home.
Watch the video below, that shows what Madagascar could be like in 2050 if we respond to climate change now.
Mialy says, “Climate change affects not only my life but the daily lives of everyone. There is water shortages due to the rise in temperature. Everyday, I see a line of people around a public fountain because they don’t have a water supply at home, it never used to be that bad.
The weather pattern has been disrupted. When it should rain, it doesn’t. So many people are threatened by drought and they are unable to find anything to eat because of the effects of climate change.”
Mialy works at the Arrupe Centre. It which is working towards a vision of a more equal society and enduring world environment. To achieve this, the Arrupe Centre is currently running reforestation programmes and educating people to take action to help prevent the effects of climate change.
We asked Mialy if she has noticed change from the work of the Arrupe Centre, she says, “I have seen that people have become more conscious. I think that all these activities could bring about positive change in our environment because nothing apart from awareness will make great changes. Before, I didn’t know that our small daily actions could contribute to the preservation of our common home.”
Mialy says, “I would love for Madagascar to return to a famous green island for future generations! The message that we want to get across is that if we respect the environment, we will bring benefits to our future generation. And this doesn’t depend on age, nor education – a love for the environment should exist from the youngest to the oldest in society.”
As Mialy says, our small daily actions can make a difference. Why not sign up to Growing our Future today?
Every month we will send you:
- One Campaigning Action to help you engage raise your voice of concern for the planet ahead of COP26
- One Lifestyle Change to help you make small changes with a big impact for our common home.
- One Spiritual Reflection to help you consider the climate crisis in the context of Laudato Si’ and Ignatian spirituality