Blossoming Resilience: "West Timor'S Fight against Climate Change"


In West Timor, climate change is taking a real toll on women and children.

In fact, 33% of children there are born into "a shadow of stunting," meaning they're at risk of developing stunting, or a lower height-for-age, as they get older, reports the New York Times.

But a group called Plan Vivo is trying to change that with the help of a grant from the UN's Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator.

The idea is to plant trees, which store carbon and help offset the effects of climate change.

"The women understand the vulnerabilities of childbirth and nurturing, and the importance of securing their children's future," Simon Field, an adviser with Plan Vivo, tells the Times.

"And so, a revolution is born.

Trees provide sustenance during the dry season and are a lifeline of income."

The group is working with 300 women farmers in seed production, and planting 400 hectares of trees in the process.

"If our government's ambitions 10% or even zero stunting by 2030 become reality, a hope will be carved for every household to stand resilient against climate change, and every child will be free to flourish," Field tells the Times.

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