Justin’s Climate Story


Justin Chidawali


Dodoma, Tanzania

How are you sensing climate change?

Climate change used to be something that environmental experts discussed in the news. These days it’s clearly visible. For instance, here in the Dodoma region [of Tanzania] the end of the rainy season usually comes in March or the beginning of April but on the 1st of May in 2017 we had extremely heavy rain that caused flooding. And this year, 2020, it is May and the rains are still coming down hard in Dodoma, an extremely unusual occurrence in this region compared to other years. The benefit comes in that areas that often didn’t get adequate harvests because of lack of rain are getting crops. The loss comes in those places where crops have failed because of too much rain, and many homes have collapsed, causing loss of property and life. For example, here in our village of Nzuguni one adult was crushed when his home collapsed and a child died after falling into an open septic tank that had filled with water. Hydrologists studying Lake Victoria say that water has risen to a record-breaking height not seen in 55 years! According to The Citizen (citizen.co.tz) It was in 1965 that the water level last reached 1,134.27 meters above sea level. Even animals living in the water find themselves in a foreign environment after being carried along by atypical currents. So changes to the climate are now evident even to people who aren’t educated in environmental sciences.

flooded buildings
damaged building




Dodoma, Tanzania

Deveena’s Story #2

Everything is happening all around, and now it is too late to stop the ruin of our world with climate change.

Deveena’s Story #1

But little did I know, I would come to find out that my entire home state Kerala was flooded, and the flood didn’t only ruin my childhood home, but had also taken the lives of my friends and family friends back home.

Gabrielle’s Story #2

Over the past few years, I have been experiencing and noticing the appearance of climate change.

Gabrielle’s Story #1

Today was notably filled with emotion and conversation, because of the historic rainfall from Hurricane Ida the night before.

Drake’s Story

It’s tiring and draining feeling the intense heat surround and choke me.

Jack’s Story

I notice that the snow days I once treated as a frequent occurrence no longer occur so frequently anymore.

Praveen’s Story

I am sensing climate change through the environment and weather conditions around me.

Owen’s Story

I’m scared for where humans are leading this world, I’m worried about the future of our planet and our own future.

Priyanka’s Story

I feel very worried about the children, women and girls, all peoples are victims of the climate crisis.

Saskia’s Story

Through “clean” energy developments. See the recording for my full story!