Dust storms and landslide hell – living through Nicaragua's climate crisis

In the next part of our NextGen International project, young people from Nicaragua tell their stories about the climate catastrophe and write how they fight for change

Unnatural dust storms plague the city of Leon every summer (

Image: Carlos Herrera)

Five young people living in Nicaragua report from their hometowns about their climate emergency.

Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America, almost 25% of the population live in poverty.

Only 0.8 tonnes of CO2 are emitted per person, compared to 5.4 tonnes in the UK.

Yet they are the ones who are bearing the brunt of climate destruction.

Due to the demand for peanuts, the city of Leon is hit by unnatural dust storms every summer, and the country is hit by hurricanes, which are expected to intensify over the next decade due to climate change.

They cause landslides that destroy homes and livelihoods.

And generations of families live by what was once the most polluted lake in the world until the early 2000s.

The mirror worked with me Raleigh International on this project to amplify the voices of the younger generation.



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