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traditions and modern inventions are not necessarily incompatible. while harmful customs and notions must be changed or destroyed, the many positive aspects of a culture can be used and adapted to work with modern techniques and technologies. for instance, Chinese medicine tongue diagnosis is now being used in western medicine.


the Nganyi people of Kenya serve as traditional rainmakers and weather forecasters for the local area. however, climate change has affected this; the increasing and unpredictable extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts have made long-term predictions very difficult and their reputation suffers. the government meteorologists have the reverse problem; there is a lack of belief and trust in their forecasts.


a project was created to help these two groups to work together in delivering accurate forecasts. they now meet each season to produce a consensus forecast. the Nganyi then take those predictions and deliver them to the villages, using traditional customs and language. with this, the people are far more prepared to deal with the troubles brought by climate change.

this is an excellent example of mutual TRUST and RESPECT. the traditional methods and modern technologies are given an equal opportunity. this is also a good example of transparent technology; meteorological advances cooperate with, instead of competing with, local customs.

the article also points out that Africa is the LEAST responsible for climate change. due to centuries of corrupt governments, companies and other organizations STEALING the resources of Africa, they also have the least amount of resources to deal with these and other problems.

"The African Union estimates that the carbon emissions of Africa’s 1 billion people are equivalent to those of Texas’s 30 million."

that statement hits home; i live in Texas.

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Comment by Rauni Lillemets on May 5, 2010 at 1:32pm
That is cool story!

Thank You for sharing :)

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