AFRICA’S FORGOTTEN FRONTIERS – SAHEL: REZA PAKRAVAN
Taking the audience on a breathtaking journey across the continent, explorer and filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share tales of his daring journey to the wild lands of tense frontiers, enduring traditions, and some of the most fascinating and diverse people on Earth. The Sahelian belt at the southern edge of the Sahara desert is where climate change has hit hardest, where temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else, and where global warming has contributed to the greatest human migration ever witnessed on the planet. This is a wounded frontier, peopled by men and women who struggle to overcome the horrors of war, terrorism, desertification, and the slow dissolution of their traditional, nomadic lives. And yet, despite everything, they are fighting back. By growing an 8000km Great Green Wall composed of thousands of trees, they are battling to stop desertification and bring life back to the Sahel.
In his high-energy, adventure-packed talk, Reza reveals his fascination for the Sahelian cultures and his natural connection with the ordinary people who live in the conflict zone. He unearths issues such as climate-related migration and the impact that desertification continues to have on the lives of the indigenous people who call Sahel their home – the Wodaabe nomads, the isolated tribes of Lake Chad, the climate refugees and the Sudanese fighters.
Prices £15, £10 (RGS-IBG members £9.50); Students £7.50