The Othona Community

Recently, we spent a few days in a beautiful remote area in Essex with the Othona community, where we met with other climate bloggers to discuss how we are going to progress with our blog. Whilst we were there we called one of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh, Mowdudur Rahman, who works as part of the CCEC (Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation). We asked him many questions and he answered them in great detail, telling us more about Bangladesh. One of the quotes which stood out to us was “Son of the Soil” suggesting the Earth is like our mother, who nurtures and cares for us. Bangladesh is known for flooding frequently, with a monsoon season from June to October. Here are some of the questions and answers: First we asked him about the decreasing wildlife due to the flooding. He told us about how the floods are due to cyclones, and happen about twice a year, causing animals to migrate. We then asked him about how we can make a difference. He told us that by raising money we can help them build more cyclone shelters to provide immediate relief and protect more people when disaster strikes, as well as helping to inspire others to help make a difference and reduce the impact of climate change. We were curious about how crops survive in Bangladeshi conditions, to which he told us that due to the lack of clean water, the crops struggle to grow, so need crops which can thrive in a mix of clean and sea water. We hope to carry on sharing our experiences with the Othona community. Leah and Emer Main Building The Chapel

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