This Rain Has Taken Its Toll


    Flooding is a problem in Lagos state during the raining season. The commercial hub of Africa’s largest country, Lagos is a coastal city and like many of its kind, plagued with the effects of being so near the sea.

    It is however just one of more than 11 cities that have been flagged to experience heavy flooding this year.

    Rising sea levels caused by the changing climate is the major culprit.

    Constant fighting between cattle herdsmen from the north of the country and farmers in the south and west have escalated with the death toll on a rise. The herdsmen are encroaching on new lands but only because theirs have been overtaken by the desert.

    There is also the issue of farmers experiencing lower yield as the area suitable for agriculture, the length of growing seasons and yield potential keep decreasing.

    Global warming has direct implications on everything: food security, water, energy, health, education and wildlife. Without a doubt, we had already been dealing with effects of underdevelopment, which have been affecting millions of people, but climate change is likely to exacerbate the issues.

    This Rain Has Taken It’s Toll is a film that takes a look at how climate change has increased the intensity of rainfall, causing devastation and death. It also explores the need for sustainable urban planning for adaptation to a changing climate, and how a change in the attitude of citizens can help reduce the problems associated with climate change.

    It tells the story of vulnerable people who have the most to lose.

    It is written by the pen of an environmental journalist, who is on a mission to recreate a planet in harmony, communication and media being key to sustainable development and change in attitude.

    This Rain Has Taken It’s Toll has been entered for the Film4Climate Global Video Competition. We would appreciate your support in form of votes.

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    Film by Bunmi Obanawu