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Corn harvest was down on parts of Guatemala due to lack of rain in 2009. Photo by James Rodriguez.
Corn harvest was down on parts of Guatemala due to lack of rain in 2009. Photo by James Rodriguez.

“Water – whether too much or too little – is often the heart of the problem.”  How accurately one line from our Climate Change Wake-up Call video conveys the challenges that communities face.

Here’s a real life example: Siriaco Mejia, a farmer in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala , was only able to produce one tenth of his average corn harvest because of lack of rain in 2009. Just months later in May of 2010, the same region where Siriaco lives was hit by Tropical Storm Agatha . This time, heavy rains wiped out the crops. In a country where the malnutrition rate among children is already 50 percent, subsistence farmers here are vulnerable. They have to rely on the weather, a factor they cannot control.

Water is on our mind today as bloggers and activists around the world are rallying around a single issue of global import to raise awareness, make some noise, and spark some proactive conversation: It’s Blog Action Day. Water has been both the problem and the solution for many of Oxfam’s programs around the world; whether that means providing clean and safe drinking water after humanitarian emergencies, or ensuring that communities have access to water in the case of drought.

The two-minute “Climate Change Wake-up Call” video below gives us a quick glimpse of all of the ways that Oxfam is working with communities to prioritize water in the fight against climate   change and malnutrition.

The video shows some serious problems, but it also shows us innovative solutions and give us hope for future progress. Today we all have a chance to help shed more light and take action. You can help just by sharing this video and taking part in a global wake-up call.

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