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Auma Obama Says Sustainable Solutions Must Reflect People’s Experiences in the Developing World

And Then Life HappensIn an interview with Deutsche Welle, Auma Obama, sister of US president Barack Obama and author of And Then Life Happens, discussed the problems of the developing world when it comes to issues of sustainability.

Through her organisation, Sauti Kuu, Obama has come to see that things like pollution and over-fertilisation mean very little to poor people when they are struggling just to feed themselves and their children. She talked about how the solutions may seem simple and attainable to some, but have to reflect the lived experiences of the people.

Deutsche Welle: Ms. Obama, high expectations were placed on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June this year. What is still left of that?

Auma Obama: We have to realize that there are no quick fixes. We have to cooperate even more and – most of all – we have to develop down-to-earth answers to overcome environmental problems.

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