Through reports full of humanity, broadcast on France Culture, Lydia Ben Ytzhak takes us to four places in the world affected by climate change.
Neither science fiction nor a scientific account of the global future, the documentary series that Lydia Ben Ytzhak proposes on France Culture combines climate change with the present. “Meeting people who are experiencing these upheavals right now seemed to me to be the most tangible way to make the ongoing tragedy palpable,” says the journalist who takes us to four places in the world already affected by climate change. .
Between sadness and beauty, urgency and contemplation
In Bangladesh, people are struggling between increasingly intense rainfall and water discharged upstream by Indian dams. “The floods of the delta are increasing, and a new season has appeared: a kind of pre-monsoon,” says a researcher. Every year for three to four months, Padma, “the river that destroys everything”, drowns houses and children. Wherever his dirty water overflows, he sows fever and diarrhea. Fifteen million Bangladeshi are exiled then. In Portugal, in October 2017, “a fire not normal” killed dozens of people in two days. ” Usually, fires come to an end at the end of the summer …” says a firefighter, who does not feel concerned by climate change. “The proximity of danger is not enough to raise awareness! “Irritated the reporter, who sometimes has the feeling of” preaching in the desert. ” She seeks the right words: “The increase in temperatures does not cause forest fires, it aggravates the factors that trigger them … not obvious to alert the public while respecting the nuances of science! “
The listener looking for evidence will find them in the Corsican episode devoted to the Scandola marine reserve, “living observatory of climate change” . There, a plant crumbles on the surface of the sea, leaving its mark over the years on the rock. “The water level has been stable for about a thousand years. Between 1995 and 2015, it rose 6 centimeters, ” worries a conservative. In front of the scrambled waters of Asia, the crystalline sea of Corsica or the moving sand of the Aquitaine dunes, Lydia Ben Ytzhak marvels. Her descriptions, curiously happy, move us as much as the dramatic testimonies she gathers. Between sadness and beauty, urgency and contemplation, four reports stretched like mirrors to awaken our environmental consciousness.