Post conflict and an Afghanistan under Taliban rule is one side of the equation. The other side of the equation is less visible, less logical but the impact is just as vast. Climate change is raging havoc across the world including Afghanistan, impacting people who are reliant on their land and weather predictability for survival. Lands that once received rainfall now has none. Land that once received snow fall and and subsequent water source is no longer doing so. Where climate was once predictable is now experiencing flash flooding or drought. What does this mean? It means that subsistence farmers can no longer rely on the weather for cultivation of their food source. Villagers now have to walk significant distances to a water source and sometimes into territories where they’re not welcomed. It means a loss of livestock and livelihoods. It’s means people suffer without food or water and no means to generate an income. It means children end up working to help their parents instead of go to school. The repercussions are vast.
I think it’s easy for the climate crisis to be overlooked in countries where alternatives and options are available. Should we not be able to grow vegetables or fruits in our own backyard so to say, global sources are readily available in our supermarkets.
In places where people’s very source of food, survival of livestock, water source and income are dependant on predictability of weather patterns, the climate crisis becomes grossly apparent, it’s impacts dire.