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A Thousand Suns

Title A Thousand Suns – Global Oneness Project (Part   1)
Director(s) Stephen Marshall
Date released (year) 2009
Production company ChannelSideBySide
Length 8.50mins
Location Ethiopia
Keywords/tags Indigenous, climate change, agriculture, food security
Link to film
Synopsis A Thousand Suns tells   the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique   worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained   remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most   densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming   sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film   explores the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and   superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo   people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the   region and beyond.


Reviews/discussion The Global Oneness   Project is a digital, ad-free, bi-monthly magazine. Through stories, we   explore the threads that connect culture, ecology, and beauty. Our collection   of films, photography, and essays feature diverse and dynamic voices from   around the world.


A. Nyong,  F. Adesina & B. Osman Elasha (2007) The   value of indigenous knowledge in climate change mitigation and adaptation   strategies in the African Sahel, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
Volume   12, Issue 5 , pp 787-797.


Past global efforts at   dealing with the problem of global warming concentrated on mitigation, with   the aim of reducing and possibly stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG)   concentrations in the atmosphere. With the slow progress in achieving this,   adaptation was viewed as a viable option to reduce the vulnerability to the   anticipated negative impacts of global warming. It is increasingly realized   that mitigation and adaptation should not be pursued independent of each   other but as complements. This has resulted in the recent calls for the   integration of adaptation into mitigation strategies. However, integrating   mitigation and adaptation into climate change concerns is not a completely   new idea in the African Sahel. The region is characterized by severe and   frequent droughts with records dating back into centuries. The local   populations in this region, through their indigenous knowledge systems, have   developed and implemented extensive mitigation and adaptation strategies that   have enabled them reduce their vulnerability to past climate variability and   change, which exceed those predicted by models of future climate change.   However, this knowledge is rarely taken into consideration in the design and   implementation of modern mitigation and adaptation strategies. This paper   highlights some indigenous mitigation and adaptation strategies that have   been practiced in the Sahel, and the benefits of integrating indigenous   knowledge into formal climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.   Incorporating indigenous knowledge can add value to the development of   sustainable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that are rich   in local content, and planned in conjunction with local people.


Links to other resources Oxfam report on climate change in Ethiopia:

Marius Keller, Climate Risks and   Development Projects: Assessment Report for a Community-Level Project in   Guduru, Oromiya, Ethiopia. Source:


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