Last updated: 30 november, 2010 - 16:50 GMT

God v climate change: Who's to blame?

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How do different cultures around the world perceive climate change?

Earlier this year research by the BBC World Service Trust revealed just how poorly understood the concept of climate change is in many African countries, through a project called Africa Talks Climate.

It is partly a question of cultural or religious outlook, but in many cases it is also question of vocabulary. Many indigenous languages simply do not have the equivalent words or concepts to adequately translate the scientific message of climate change.

As a result, many people tend to view year-on-year warming or unpredictable rains as a localised effect rather than a global phenomenon - something out of their control and down to "God's will."

In Kenya, research has revealed just how far the urban population has to go before it truly understands the scale of the problem that is facing it.

The BBC's Josphat Makori talks to James Wandere a farmer from Kisumu - the third largest city in the country. How does he attribute the changes to the environment around him?

For more on Josphat's coverage listen to click Lost in Translation, part two of click The Climate Connection series.

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