Alliance Française tackles climate change



ALLIANCE Française de MaseruMotsamai Mokotjo

ALLIANCE Française de Maseru (AF) is set to host a series of events running from Friday to Monday to raise awareness on the effects of climate change.

The events, which include a photography exhibition, documentary and debate, will be held at AF hall in collaboration with the Institute of Research for Development and French Development Agency (AFD).

The photo exhibition will feature 21 images by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand offering a unique perspective on the riches of our planet and its vulnerabilities. Dubbed 60 Solutions, the exhibition, which will run from Friday to Monday, is meant to raise public awareness on the need to protect the earth.

On Monday, the documentary film, Tana Delta: A wetland in the balance, will be screened. It explores the hydro-climate changes in the Tana Delta in Kenya and looks at how an eco-system has been impacted by the construction of a dam. Thereafter, hydrologist Jean Albergel from AFD will facilitate a discussion on climate change.

According AF Director Camille Perdereau, the events are meant to spur discussion about climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 in Paris, France on 30 November. The conference will seek to secure a binding and universal agreement from all the nations of the world to stem human-caused climate change.

“We believe it is important to create space for debate which is open to all, because we are all concerned by climate change,” said Perdereau.

“I have seen already that there is interest from Basotho, and we want to take this opportunity to learn, bring all the stakeholders together and exchange ideas.”

In explaining the reasons for the showcasing of Arthus-Bertrand’s works, she said: “It is because of the quality and the relevance of his work and because the power of pictures can be greater than words.”   Perdereau added that local photographers could participate in AF’s international photography contest.

“This year, the topic was “Climate, state of Emergency” and the winners of the regional prize had their photo competing in the final international competition in Paris. Look out for the competition next year,” she said.

Going forward, Perdereau said AF would continue to raise awareness on climate issues ahead of the COP21 summit.

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