Kaitlyn’s Blog

Within the last decade, records report that it was the warmest temperatures on earth. The rise in natural disasters worldwide is a direct result of climate change. The countries that are affected most by natural disasters are the less developed countries that are struggling to support and grow their economy. In 2018, a drought hit South Africa and left 45 million people in need in 14 countries. Due to the drought that they experienced, farmers could not and still cannot produce and grow crops which results in a rise in the price of foods and leaves millions of people in hunger. This drought began in late October of 2018 and is still occurring to this day. Within the past year, there was a little rainfall, but it was not enough to grow enough crops to produce enough food supply for everyone in need.

As seen in the pictures above, South African countries suffer their worst drought in history. 

While other countries who are more economically stable than these 14 countries that are being affected by this drought, did a poor job in trying to manage how to help them adapt and get them back on their feet. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator stated that “We need to move to a system where we act much earlier on the warning signs of drought and hunger so that we can cut response times and costs, and reduce deaths and human suffering”. The solution to seeing the extreme damages of climate change is to have international organizations ban together to support those countries in need. I am studying International Business and this issue addresses how little international business and organizations are acting on helping countries that are most affected by climate change. Measures could have been made prior to the situation getting this far. This critique has world organizations at fault in their failure to help the situation before it got to this extent. Climate change is not one country’s issue, rather it is affecting all of us in society. A solution to preventing this from happening again would have world organizations teams that specifically look into every case and try to find a plan that adapts to the situation while trying to correct and limit further damages to the earth.

https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2019/06/10/drought-africa-2019-45-million-in-need

9 Replies to “Kaitlyn’s Blog”

  1. In this blog, I did not quite understand your personal connection to this topic. Why did you choose the drought in South Africa? What makes the drought in South Africa different from other droughts? However, at the end I liked how you mentioned that world organizations should team up to resolve such an issue. Although I feel it could be more specific. For instance, how can international businesses and organizations help countries most affected by climate change? I mean they could lower production, make donations. I also like the incorporation of ethos with the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and logos when stating the drought left “45 million people in need in 14 countries.”

  2. This post was fascinating because it was focused on a specific environmental issue, droughts in South Africa; however, I was a bit confused because I did not understand the relevancy of this topic to your own life. Explaining how you found out about this topic or how it resonated with you could help you build your argument. In addition, I like how you included your major and how that related to the issue because that took some of your own life and incorporated it into the blog post.

  3. I thought you had a really interesting personal connection to the issue as someone studying international business, which seems like something very relevant to climate change. I also really appreciated the striking visual picture you included. I think one improvement could be citing sources for some of the claims you make about things like rainfall.

  4. Hey, I really liked your blog post! It comes from a place of passion and I can tell you’re really educated on the topic. I think it’s really be important to understand that even though human activity started climate change, there are key players that can do something/assist and they do not. They allow countries to suffer, essentially. I agree with some other comments, I think your viewpoint and connection with international business is imperative in understanding climate change.

  5. This article helped me understand the extent of drought in South Africa. Indeed, some tropical countries have very serious drought problems, which may lead to lack of food and water. The main reason may be the global warming. You can combine your experience and talk about your relationship with the drought in South Africa in the article.

  6. South Africa is definitely one of the most impacted part of a continent that experiences drought. I agree with you that due to climate change that there are more people suffering in droughts. From the pictures, it looks completely terrifying to be in a drought with only a small amount of water in sight. I could see the land is completely cracked and a small pond in the middle. I can definitely see why it could be organizations fault that this happened. If they truly cared about South Africa, they could of take action a long time ago. I want to know why did you choose South Africa of all places, is there something that is interesting to you?

  7. This is a interesting post. Yes, there are a lot of countries meet with drought, and they really need help. The main reason of drought may because the global warming. The government need to do something to stop the drought and help people who don’t have enough food to eat. It is better to explain why you interested in this topic in the post.

  8. I really enjoyed reading this blog, I really liked the personal touch at the end of the blog but I think it would have been more effective if it opened the blog post instead of ending it. It could act as your hook. I also liked the images and what they added to the post, but I think they should be placed throughout the post instead of both together to break up the paragraphs and make it a bit easier to read. This post was very informative and I learned a lot from what you explained.

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