From May 1 to 31, the city of Lima is hosting the photo exhibit Climate changes, so does my life, which shows the impact climate change is starting to have in different Peruvian communities.
The images were taken by photographer Thomas Mueller, who travelled through 13 regions in the Peruvian coast, mountains and forest, speaking with countrymen, fishermen, artisans and community leaders in 29 cities. Every picture is accompanied by a testimony, in which the person says what's changing in their everyday life thanks to the shift in seasons, water availability, and alike.
"This journey has allowed me to observe that climate change is a reality in Peru. However, it's important that we learn how natives are learning and starting to adapt their lives to the effects of this phenomenon," said Mueller, according to a press release.
See some of the pics and testimonies after the jump.
::Via Orbita agencyMaximo Crispin Mandura, inhabitant from the Ausangate community, Cusco
"When the Ausangate mountain is cloudy, we're happy and we offer our coca. We are grateful because it's beginning to cover with snow again. This mountain keeps our water, which we will need from June until November for our sowing season. Rain used to start in October, but now it only does in December, and this doesn't provide enough time for the potato and the oquita to ripen. We're building an irrigation channel and we pray for the Ausangate to stay snowed."
Samuel Francisco Adrianzen Ramirez, countryman at Morropon, Piura region
"This looks like the same water we used to have, but it's not. In my farm, we've had to drill a well because the Chira channel is not enough for everybody. The problem is that every day there are more people with right to use the water to irrigate, but less water from the channel. The region of Piura is drying. We're discussing in the community if the water will be enough, I think for that to happen we'll have to drop the rice cultivation and increase the use of technology in the irrigation. That's why we've started to sow kidney bean. Rice is history at Morropon*."
(*) Morropon is a village inside the Piura region.
Melena Ramos, shepherdess from the Ujuyo community (Imata, between Arequipa and Puno regions).
"Today we've woken up with snow. Things are like this now. Last year all my baby llamas died. I had realized grass and water were running out and were not enough. My husband is a little lazy, the community told him we should build a refugee for the animals, but we barely have a place for ourselves. This year I'm going to build the roof. I'm worried my little animals won't be able to eat because of the snow. They won't even close their eyes, and they end up with burns. Sometimes they get so blind for the sun reflection on the snow that they won't come out of here for one or two days."
Jose Saavedra, worker from the Tropezon village at the Madre de Dios forest
"If you're a journalist, then please tell every Peruvian that I'm not a poor person, that I'm not lazy. I harvest almost two kilograms of dry latex a day, Can you imagine how many condoms you can produce with that? On the right, they are putting pavement on the Interoceanica route; on the left, every night there are vans going by. Anyway, I don't care about them, neither about the Brazilian that come to buy our lands. I don't sell my woods. Some engineers have told me I can sell this air to the foreigners, which are missing of it while we have amounts to spare."
Noe MuÃ±oz Barrera, gardener from the Miraflores municipality in Lima
"The heat affects us too much, the water is not enough and some colleagues have developed moles in the skin from all the sweating. Plants don't last their natural cycle anymore. In February we planted red salvia, which usually lives all year round, but with the burning sun it only lasted until April. I like plants with think stems, because they can store water and survive, and then in winter they don't burn as fast with cold and fog because they have bigger leafs. Anyway, there aren't many species we can plant these days."
Climate changes, so does my life, is on from May 1 to 31 at the Miraflores park in Lima, Peru. It's in the open air so there are no entry fees.
Other posts related to the topics mentioned here:
::IPCC on the consequences of climate change in Latin America
::The fight of Julio Palacios to preserve the Madre de Dios forest in Peru.
::Latex extractors in Brazilian forest now produce condoms
Other stories from Peru:
::Designers producing with recovered materials in Peru
::Alternative tourism in Peru with Casa Ecologica
::First CNG train functioning in Peru
::Official site from the exhibition Climate changes, so does my life ::Original story ::Additional info