Water is life - and when it's gone, the thirst comes.
Times with less water, or droughts, have always been a natural part of weather around the planet. But climate change has been linked with more frequent, more severe and longer dry spells. Especially in more arid regions of the developing world, drought often causes crop losses or lower yields, which threatens food security there. Drought is also increasingly becoming a problem for hydropower, or generation of electricity with water. In addition, drought is linked with stronger and more intense wildfire, and even with political instability.
From heatwaves and wildfires in North America to catastrophic flooding in Germany and China, the world over, climate scientists' predictions are being horribly realized. We hear from Californians on the frontline of drought, a disaster expert helps us understand climate risk, and a young Ugandan activist's mission to wake her countrypeople up to the climate crisis unfolding in their backyards.
Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, a 24-year-old Ugandan student, has been protesting in Kampala since 2017 when she realized climate change was behind the droughts affecting her grandmother's ability to grow food. Founder of Fridays For Future Uganda, Nakabuye wants to bring more racial diversity to the global climate movement and has so far convinced tens of thousands of young East Africans to join her.