>> This patch of cracked desert was once Bolivia's second largest lake. And it was a source of life for the anicient Uru people. But after years of drought, a community that survived invasions by the Incas and colonization by conquistadors, is facing eradication due to climate change.>> The lake has dried once again for the third year in a row.
The first year it dried out was 2014, when we are witnesses of natural disaster, in which millions and millions of fish, birds, aquatic plants died. Currently, there are no birds or plants, as you can see.>> Instead, a sacrifice to Mother Earth in the shallow waters that are left.
According to a local university, the temperature of the Bolivian Highlands has increased 0.9 Celsius. And scientists say when it does rain, the increased temperature makes the water evaporate much faster than it used to. In the past eight years, scores of tribal members have left their homes along Lake Poopo.
Now the Uru people are farming or selling crafts as they search for a sustainable way to keep their culture alive.