Can one person really make a difference? What can one man alone (or woman) do?
Being true to himself, Yacouba Sawadogo, followed his curiosity or one could say, his calling. He never learned how to read or write, but he was in conversation with the earth, that particular place on the earth where he lives. That is, the landlocked country, Burkina Faso, in West Africa
People were having to fold up and leave their homes, their villages due to a lack of water. That is one condition that creates climate refugees–people are forced to leave their homes “due to a sudden or gradual alteration in the natural environment…drought and water scarcity.”
Yacouba had an idea and he investigated it. People thought he was crazy, ridiculous and even sacrilegious. They mocked him and vandalized his fields. He persisted with his experiment which was partially based in his intuition, common sense and some of the old ways of farming.
Can one person make a difference? It looks like he did. And, when many people unite for a common cause, then the impact can be exponential.
Yacouba Sawadogo? The Man who Stopped the Desert. I highly recommend this film for many reasons. First of all, it is inspiring. Secondly, in our lifetime, where we live right now, we may be called upon to “stop the desert” due to climate change. It looks as if everyone across the planet is affected in one way or another by these changes. It seems wise to get knowledge from those who are pioneering new/old ways.