I’m excited to introduce you to Carmen Munhequete in this week’s episode. Carmen currently works as a principal consultant at ERM (Environment Resource Management) based in Maputo, Mozambique. She is an experienced professional, with more than 17 years working in development across the mining-, agricultural-, environment and climate change-, and humanitarian relief sectors.
What an opportunity to speak with someone doing amazing work from the other side of the world. It’s unfortunate that we do not hear more, or know more, about what’s going on in Africa so connecting with Carmen in Mozambique was a real treat.
It’s worth keeping in mind that developing countries like Mozambique suffer the brunt of climate change disasters even while their population are the lowest contributors to the causes of accelerated global warming. For example, while the richest 10 percent of people produce half of the planet’s individual-consumption-based fossil fuel emissions, the poorest 50 percent — about 3.5 billion people — contribute only 10 percent.
How is a developing country like Mozambique helping its people face multiple crises like poverty, violence, lack of infrastructure, and climate change? Carmen is working on the frontlines to tackle these issues, and she shares her story with us today.