Adan Morales Saracay - #iamclimatechange
It was a Saturday, around 2pm in the afternoon. We saw that the waves started getting much larger. Within minutes they covered our houses. By the time the night came, we had to evacuate. The waves were about 13-14 metres high. Really we were in panic for the love of our families. We didn’t want to lose anyone. So we decided to abandon everything.
Never in my life have I seen any waves like this before.
After what happened with the big waves, people have gone out fishing and they haven’t been able to catch any big fish. The fish have gone deeper or they’ve gone further out. There hasn’t been any fish since the big waves – over a month now.
We don’t have anywhere to go. That’s the hardest threat we’re facing and we’re afraid.
I feel like we’re just living under constant threat now.
There's this league table, one which you really don't want to make it to the top of. It's the 'Climate Change Vulnerability Index' and it shows which countries are most at risk of climate change. El Salvador, where Adan is from, makes the top of the list or darn well near it every year.
People in El Salvador know this reality to be true, with some of the brutal effects of climate change already being felt. Temperatures are rising, the number and intensity of hurricanes is increasing and rainfall is becoming more manic.
That combination can make wave-surges. Waves like the one's Adan and his community had to abandon their homes to.
Carolina from an organisation called UNES in El Salvador says, ‘There is no plan B. There is no planet B.’
Fighting talk, because we've got a fight on our hands.