December 8 marked World Climate Day, and at the same time COP25 in Madrid takes place: this invites reflection on the global challenge of climate change.
The Climate component has been present in all Kinomé’s activities since its creation in 2005 ; from our first exchanges under the palaver tree with the women of Velingara (Senegal) planting vegetables and mango trees, then in all our reforestation and local development projects, to our consulting interventions with governments (Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Madagascar…), companies and investment funds, through our applied research projects with the LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement), INRA and others.
The common point of all these activities is to put the human being at the center of our approach, and therefore to use the climate as a means of improving daily life rather than as a constraint to be respected (pollute less, be in compliance). This improvement is achieved through economic innovation, for example in established (e.g. cocoa, coffee, vanilla) or emerging (e.g. moringa) agricultural sectors. It also, and even more importantly, requires awareness raising that requires work at both the individual and collective levels on how we look at the world.
« The only solution to solve the problem of the external climate is to start by taking an interest in our internal climate, » Sadhguru (Isha Foundation) told Nicolas 10 years ago.