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Deanna Geelhoed, 24, and Anneke Spoelma, 14, attended a Climate Witness Project Bootcamp this summer, a learning experience put together by the Office of Social Justice and World Renew.

Geelhoed and Spoelma each were already passionate about combating climate change, but by traveling to parts of Kenya and Uganda, the two said they observed first hand its far-reaching effects. The trip also allowed them to better understand the way these effects are felt in developing countries where many people make their living as subsistence farmers.

“Climate change has created new weather patterns, which impact people’s abilities to farm effectively,” said Geelhoed. “These changes can range from flooding to drought, and the resulting food scarcity can cause political and social destabilization. This further compounds the cycle, making it difficult for people to adjust their farming techniques.” 

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