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Ethan Steinman | 01 Aug 2011 08:14 GMT | Environment, Latin America, Climate Change, Peru
Santa Lucia is a remote village in the high Andes of Peru, located at 4,050m above the sea level [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
It is a dry region and because of the altitude trees do not grow there [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
People in Santa Lucia live far from reality and from civilisation, sticking to the traditional way of life as alpaca herders [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
The herders live off the animals they raise, selling the animals and alpaca wool [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
The alpaca ranchers have successfully adapted to the regions extreme altitude over generations [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
But they are getting increasingly concerned about climate change [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
One resident says: "In some months it rains and in others it does not, so the rivers are drying up" [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
The winters have grown longer and more severe over the past decades, becoming more than the residents can bear [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Once the herders were able to sustain themselves through the long winter months, but today they are not able to manage their resources [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Many alpacas do not survive due to the severe cold, so the business is no longer profitable for many herders [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Salvador Alejo Tunco, a local leader and herder who grew up in the countryside, is battling against the elements as climate change threatens his community(***)s existence [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Salvador says the city is becoming overcrowded because people are coming from the countryside seeking for better conditions [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Due to the climate and the increasing lack of water the villagers can not grow vegetables or fruit needed for a balanced nutrition [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Because of the changing weather the herders can not eat the same food they used to live on 25 years ago [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Since the winters have become longer and colder, there is not enough gras for the alpacas [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
The farmers have to give the animals vitamins so they can make it through the winter [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Many parents are concerned about their children and how they will handle global warming [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Respiratory problems are becoming more prevalent, particulalry in minors and the elderly who are both vulnerable to climate change and its impact on their health [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
Some herders are making their children study so they can become professionals, hoping they will be able to live better lives [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
The communitys very way of life is at risk as climate change continues to profoundly affect them [Ethan Steinman/Al Jazeera]
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