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THE COW CONFLICT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WROUGHT

Published April 24, 2016

As my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer wanes, I’ve been thinking a lot how my understanding of the world has evolved. Something I’m thinking about in particular today—Earth Day—is how climate change and environmental issues have gone from a casual concern to a personal reality. I want to recount my first brush with climate change conflict that occurred a few months ago in my village.

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Fulani ladies in my village, heading to market rocking their distinctive colorful style.

Togo is a tiny country, yet home to many different ethnic groups who generally coexist without too much trouble. The identity of “Togolese” is still a relatively new one, for many far less important than their identity as “Moba” or “Kabye” or “Ewe.” Most people here (upwards of 80 percent by some estimates) of people are reliant on agriculture for their livelihood. Enter the Fulani….(Read the rest here.)