Meet The 12-Year-Old Girl Who Documented Climate Change From Nicaragua

12-year-old Edelsin Linette Mendez lives with her siblings and parents on their small coffee farm in the beautiful highlands of Nicaragua. Coffee farming has supported the Mendez and thousands of other families for generations, with coffee accounting for 30% of the country’s exports. However, as a result of climate change, increasing temperatures and erratic rainfall now facilitate the growth of the ‘La Roya’ fungus that kills the coffee crop. In the last three years alone, the Mendez family harvest has been reduced over 50% by this fungus, forcing them into poverty.

The family practices subsistence farming, making a daily income of less than $2 a day. Despite the toughness of her living conditions, Edelsin will graduate from high school this year, something her parents were never able to accomplish.

Edelsin was selected by BYkids, an organization that mentors teens around the world to tell their stories through film and share the realities of global inequality and injustice on the world stage, to share her life story and fight against the climate crisis with the world.

With this documentary, the young woman hopes to make vivid the serious consequences of a severely damaged coffee harvest to her own future and that of her country. Since January 2016, Edelsin has documented her family’s traditional, labor-intensive method of gathering coffee ‘cherries’ and the many subsequent steps of milling, sorting, and washing the beans before they were taken to be sold, by horseback

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