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My Climate Story

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Fatma A.

Growing up in Kuwait, I often find myself reminiscing about my childhood that was often associated with being outside. Whether I was embarking on adventures in the local playground, going on family trips to the desert, visiting farms, attending the zoo, and more, these experience had definitely shaped my childhood. Unfortunately, I had noticed that a lot of these spaces had either closed down or lost their popularity. Where there once were joyous sounds filled with loud laughters of children, there is now an eternal silence.

As I look at my niece and nephew, representing the new generation, spending most of their childhood indoors, confined to the car, on their way to malls or arcades, I can't help but feel saddened by the stark contrast of my childhood. The environment I grew up in became unfamiliar to me and I am unsure how to feel. 

Climate change, an undeniable reality, is having a significant impact in our world. In Kuwait, specifically, each summer is only getting hotter and frequent sand storms had discouraged people from going outside. I cannot help but feel a sense of entrapment that we have brought upon ourselves. I am reminded everyday of the urgent need to address climate change. In the face of these challenges, I hope that we, as a society, could collectively come together for a call to action, not just for Kuwait, but for the world at large.


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