Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya turned into a self-taught filmmaker when he got a camera from a Norse director. He filmed his family’s life, the village where they live, and the increasingly extreme weather conditions in his country. First, there was a massive drought and the community were desperate for rain. But once the rain came, the consequences were disastrous: an unbelievably strong storm destroyed Kisilu’s house and a flood covered the land and destroyed all the crops. This motivated the farmer to start something: He started a local movement for farmers to bring attention to the disastrous consequences of climate change.

Kisilu filmed his own story and it was brought to cinemas by the Norse director, under the title ‘Thank You For the Rain’. See the trailer below:

Kisilu also lost his sowing-seed. Will he have enough money for new sowing-seed? Will he have to leave his home and farm in Kenya? He is at risk of becoming internally displaced due to the climate.

‘Climate refugee’ is not a word you will find in a dictionary (yet). Still, the UN has started to recognise climate refugees as such.
One consequence of climate change is rising sea levels. Various small islands in the Pacific and Indian Ocean are at risk of being flooded by the sea. The area most at risk is Tuvalu, an island group of 113 island, of which only 8 are inhabited (Tuvalu means ‘eight islands’). The highest point of Tuvalu is only 4.6 metres above sea level and the whole area is only 1 metre above sea level on average.

Tuvalu is doomed and the residents are leaving. New Zealand is willing to welcome climate refugees with a special visa. The New Zealand government has a ministry for climate change that is working to make plans to help 100 refugees from the island. And that is only the beginning. Take a look at this video about migration and climate refugees from 2016.

Translation of the title: This is how climate change causes many more refugees
Please note: the film is in Dutch; click here for a transcription in English.

4) What problems surrounding climate refugees are the UN and its countries dealing with?