We often praise natural beauty of our country, from the coast of the Black Sea to the mountains of Svaneti and the wine-growing regions of Kakheti. Anyone traveling in the various regions of Georgia will notice the landscape diversity.
Unfortunately, most people don't know that these ecosystems are threatened by the impacts of climate change. These impacts range from an increasing number of storms and coastal erosion on the Black Sea coast, melting glaciers in the mountains, droughts and hailstorms in midsummer in Kakheti. This places the residence and their economic activities at risk as well.
Scientists all over the world agree that this change climate is caused by human activities, most of all by burning fossil fuels for energy production, transport, heating and industrial production, but also by deforestation and many other activities releasing carbondioxide and other gases into the atmosphere.
Different countries might have different shares in the production of such greenhouse gases, but climate change knows no borders. As everyone contributes, everyone should do their part to help.
The Georgian population living in the high mountainous areas do not have access to recent, topical information about climate change for many reasons: monolingualism, lack of internet access or the availability of interesting materials. Thus, often inhabitants of these regions have very vague idea about how climate change affects them, what the Paris Climate Agreement entails, and that to transition to a low-carbon economy will be the most difficult political and economic transaction in history. They do know how that this change requires nothing less than a revolution in our sense of civic responsibility.
We aim to raise awareness about climate change in Georgian population living in the remote regions of Georgia and engage them in the discussion happening globally.
In order to achieve this, Radarami Team that consists of four members: Project Manager, Project Coordinator/Speaker, Media Assistant and Distribution Assistant. We would like to organize discussion events about climate change in Tkibuli, Ambrolauri, Oni, Khobi and Mestia. Radarami recently published new print run of our very first book: "Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming by William Antholis and Strobe Talbott.
William Antholis and Strobe Talbott guide the reader through two decades of climate change diplomacy, explaining the national and international factors that have influenced and often impeded the negotiations.
"Those of us alive today are the first generation to know that we live in the Age of Global Warming. We may also be the last generation to have any chance of doing something about it. Our forebears had the excuse of ignorance. Our descendants will have the excuse of helplessness. We have no excuse," they write in the introduction.
Our Radarami team members would like to deliver free copies of Georgian translation of this book to interested audiences in remote regions of Georgia and engage them in a discussion around the issues raised in the book. Our tour will consist of five days:
Day first - Leave Tbilisi- Arrive to Tkibuli - Hold an Event - Drive to Ambrolauri - Stay
Day Two - Hold event in Abraloauri, drive to Oni, hold event in Oni - Stay
Day Three - Drive to Khobi - hold an event - Stay
Day Four - Drive to Mestia - hold an event - Stay
Day Five - Drive back to Tbilisi
We will mobilize communities with help of local volunteers and organizations, create events in social media and notify local media wherever possible.
In order to make our impact sustainable, Radarami will encourage the event's participants to create a book club, called Tabuni. With help of Tabuni, the curious local community representatives will have an opportunity to read the book in Georgian along with other bookclub members and discuss issues of climate change further.
We would like to gift all the participants of such book clubs the Tabuni handbook (that will include guidelines of how to organize a book club and lead a discussion), the above mentioned translation of "Fast Forward" with a personal signature, small stickers and environment friendly Radarami tote bag. Our team members will follow up with the Tabuni participants and receive their feedback and reviews.
Our team members will make sure that the audiences on our events are as diverse as possible. Radarami encourages women and girls to participate in our discussions and express their ideas boldly.