Change requires trust, and in Monrovia, this trust is invested in the community leaders, explained Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo. During the recent ebola outbreak, Monrovia rallied civil society to inform the communities about the realities of the disease and what to do to prevent its spread. Following this model, messages about climate change mitigation and adaptation must come from the community leaders. Due to changes in the rainy season, communities find themselves in flood plains and face a prolonged malaria season – just two examples of climate change impacts. Educating residents about the risks and solutions means working with trusted community leaders to drive change from the ground up.
Resilient Cities Program Manager