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Climate Change IN Guatemala by City Tech Blogger Jenson Mendez

Guatemala, my home country,  is one of the many countries in danger of the destructive impacts of Climate Change. The country faces exposure and is unguarded under extreme weather. Climate Change affects agriculture, forced migration, temperatures, weather changes, adaptation, and the ecosystem. In the last couple of years, it’s been reported that the rainy season was coming a little too late for locals who need to survive on what they harvest. Locals also faced drought resulting in a poor harvest. Even the ecosystem has been affected; there has been a decrease in giant winged leaf-cutter ants, and the yellow ants to come out in June rather than May. Guatemala has natural dangers such as earthquakes, eruptions, hurricanes, floods, mudflows, landslides to name a few. But the major risks Guatemala faces is the extreme weather that has drastically gone from tropical to cold dry winters during harvest season. This sudden drop in temperature can cause frost and the loss of a whole season of crops. If cold temperatures don’t kill the harvest, the decrease in rainfall will. Famine and food shortage is what forced Guatemalans to migrate to escape hunger in 2018-2019. Farmers in Guatemala find it really hard to adapt to these sudden changes of temperature and weather without the help of the U.S. government. I myself have not faced any problems while visiting Guatemala but I sure do feel bad for farmers who struggle to make a living while  giving us who live in the city the best of their fruits and vegetables.

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