Living with climate change in Nkhata Bay North
For some of us in the UK, climate change is a problem for future generations, but in Nkhata Bay North, it’s happening right now. Extreme weather events are becoming more common, which means more erratic rainfall, more severe droughts, and a greater variety of pests are all becoming a part of everyday life for many Malawians. Not only is the climate crisis changing the landscape, but it is also costing lives.
These changes are driven by global warming but also by local deforestation. Poverty in rural Malawi means that people depend on trees for energy to fuel their homes, as well as to sell to make an income where there are few other options. Local deforestation in the river valleys has led to the drying up of water sources which in turn impacts agriculture and people’s ability to grow food. With 90% of people being farmers and dependent on the food they grow to eat, this has widespread and severe impacts.