When she first heard of COVID-19, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim said to herself, “Wow, what is this thing? If it comes to my community we will be all done.”
Ibrahim is an award-winning environmental activist and indigenous woman from the Mbororo nomadic herding community in the Republic of Chad, a landlocked country in north-central Africa.
Most of her community lives on Lake Chad, which thanks to global warming, has lost 90 percent of its water since 1960. That, Ibrahim says, makes her community—already living on the frontlines of climate change—highly vulnerable during a pandemic:
“We can't ask people who don’t have clean water to drink, to wash their hands every hour,” Ibrahim says.
In the latest “Trails of Regeneration” video, Ibrahim talks about indigenous wisdom, and the need to listen to nature.