We usually imagine Africa as a hot and dry place. Unlike Taiwan, Africa doesn’t have four distinct seasons. In fact, Africa does not only have a hot and dry climate.
Take Malawi for example. It’s located in the highlands. The coldest time is only 4 degrees Celsius. Each year from November to May, there is a lot of rain for six months during the wet season. In the past, Malawians waited for the first rain to come so they could loosen the soil and plant their crops. Two weeks later when the rainy season came, the roots were deep and the crops grew well.
However, in recent years the global climate change has upset the natural process. Malawians do not know when the rainy season will come. If they plant the seeds too early, the seeds will dry out. But if they plant the seeds too late, the rain will wash away the seeds and people will have no food to eat.
Malawi’s climate problems seem very far away from us, so what we can do? In fact, if we protect the environment to make the Earth’s climate more stable, we can help the farmers of Malawi return to a normal life.
- climate (n.) 氣候
- soil (n.) 泥土
- crop (n.) 作物
- root (n.) 根
- upset (v.) 擾亂；混亂
A: I heard that there is a concert this weekend.
B: In fact, the concert is next weekend.
英文翻譯／Sean O’Sullivan & TOEIC900工作團隊