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Malawian farmer visits the US to press for action on climate change

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, activist and author Raj Patel discusses The Ants & the Grasshopper, a documentary that weaves together the most urgent themes of our times: the climate crisis, gender and racial inequality, the gaps between the rich and the poor, and communities on the frontlines implementing solutions.

The film follows Malawian farmer and activist Anita Chitaya who has seen the most devastating impacts of the climate crisis on her one acre farm and her village.

Chitaya and her mentor, Esther Lupafya, embark on a journey through the US in an effort to convince Americans that climate change is real and question why the US isn’t doing more to avert a climate catastrophe.


Raj Patel, co-director of The Ants & the Grasshopper, Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, author and co-author of Stuffed and Starved, The Value of Nothing, and Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

Web Resources:

The Guardian: A Malawian farmer visiting the US wants to know: ‘Why not do more on the climate crisis?’

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.