Who is paying the price?
The baobab tree is one of the most majestic trees on earth. Capable of living for thousands of years, these trees can grow as wide as a bus is long and hold up to 120,000 litres of water in their trunks. They predate both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago and can survive in perilious conditions. Yet they are starting to die out - why? Because of climate change.
These trees are iconic on the the African savannah, and in places where the climate is dry and arid, stand as a symbol of life and positivity. Baobab trees can provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.
The trees are a scientific wonder...but are now becoming an endangered species, with some of East Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees abruptly dying over the past few years. Why? They have fallen victim to climate change. The greatest irony is that the African continent has hardly produced any greenhouse gases and yet is already bearing the brunt of its devastating effects.
Seeing these majestic trees on the landscape is a truly humbling experience. Knowing that humans are causing their demise is a truly shameful one.