Towards COP21: Broadcasting the voices of the communities - An international audio series

  • Green areas and their role in protecting the environment


    This audio was produced by Radio Dange Nwe. The host discuss with her guest how green areas in the Halabja governorate play a role in protecting the environment. Most green areas are natural and are used as orchards. Their importance is stated by the interviewee who explains the role of green areas to preserve a clean environment, free of pollution. He also encourages land owners not to sell their orchards and to protect those lands as they help clean the air from pollution.

    Photo provided by: Radio Dange Nwe

    Radio Dange Nwe
    Kurdish |
    November 25, 2015

  • Challenges faced by women to access information on climate change


    The program outlines the challenges faced by women when accessing information about climate change. Women from two different radio listening clubs explain the challenges they face which includes; unable to read and write, lack of ICTs (phones and radio sets are unavailable since they are owned by their husbands). The women also explain how the negative effects of climate change have affected their agricultural business. These include; degradation of soil and insufficient rainfalls, careless cut down of trees, all of this has lead to low yields.

    They also explain what they are doing in order to mitigate climate change problems which includes; planting and establishing woodlots, practicing conservation agriculture. This practice is based on the use of compost manure, mulching and planting tree that add fertility to the soil and practicing crop rotation. The women are also using radio listening club where they discuss several issues including climate change after listening to radio programs.

    The programs also featured an interview with an agricultural extension worker.

    Photo provided by: John Mpakani

    Nkhotakota Community Radio
    Chichewa |
    November 23, 2015

  • Climate change in the Lake Chilwa Basin, Malawi: Reaction to severe flooding from affected communities


    Sakina Majawa Kaima, the Radio Listeners Club (RLC) Coordinator and Judith Sonkho, producer at Chanco Community Radio introduce the programme with a short interview with Prof. Sosten Chiotha on the climate change impacts already being faced in the Lake Chilwa Basin and the important role of the RLCs and Chanco Community Radio in building communities’ adaptive capacity.

    The programme features selected interviews and excerpts from the “nkhani za ku mudzi” (Stories from the Village) programmes from early 2015 when intense rainfall and severe flooding impacted these communities. Different community members share on the impacts of the flooding on their livelihoods and health, particularly the damage to crops and consequent hunger, and the spread of waterborne diseases.

    There are interviews that discuss the exacerbating role of population growth, driving increased vulnerability to climate change and the importance of family planning as an intervention.

    Interviews with district extension workers, working together with these communities, as well as community members themselves, highlight some of the adaptation measures that these communities are seeking to use to build their resilience to climate change and natural disasters, for example Conservation Agriculture.

    Chanco Community Radio
    English and Chichewa |
    November 20, 2015

  • A look at climate change and sovereignty in the Arctic


    In this segment, Carrie Swiggum of CJMP 90.1 FM interviews Shelley Wright, author of Our Ice is Vanishing: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change. Wright discusses starting an Inuit-focused law school and the challenges that were faced along the way. She explains that sovereignty over the melting ice in the Arctic is met with the framework of the human rights. This interview shows glimpses of what is happening in the Arctic right now as the region is struggling with climate change.

    Photo provided by: Carrie Swiggum

    CJMP 90.1 FM
    English |
    November 18, 2015

  • Mlera Dziko (Let's conserve the earth) Understanding climate change and what people are doing about it


    “Mlera Dziko” means conservation of the earth. This radio program begins with some background information on how climate change has affected Balaka district which is prone to droughts and floods.

    The programs talks about the impacts of climate change on the district such as malnutrition, loss of crops and livestock.

    The programs also discusses district council, through the District Executive Committee and with other NGOs and Disaster Risk Management office, has implemented climate change adaptation programs like small scale irrigation, rainwater harvesting, agro forestry.

    Picture provided by: Pauline Mbukwa

    Maziko Radio
    Chichewa |
    November 17, 2015