Francesca O’Hanlon has worked as a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) engineer in Mexico, India and with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in South Sudan. In 2016, she founded Blue Tap, a Cambridge-based social enterprise that uses 3D printing to create accessible water purification technology. Francesca shared her experiences from the field of the impact on climate change on rural areas in South Sudan.
It is not only conflict that has an impact on people living in rural areas in South Sudan, they are also being affected by the change of the rainy season, Francesca explained. Traditionally, the rainy season in South Sudan occurs from April to October, but it has recently started to begin much later, in June or July. The increasingly unpredictable nature of the weather means that traditional ways of reading the climate are no longer accurate. This affects local agriculture and livelihoods significantly.
Watch Francesca's presentation below: