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Climate Action: What it is, impacts and how to counter it

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Many people think Climate Change mainly means warmer temperatures. But temperature rise is only the beginning of the story. Because the Earth is a system, where everything is connected, changes in one area can influence changes in all others.

Ideally in primary school, we were taught that the climate is supposed to change. We cannot be in winter the whole year or be in summer the whole year. So what really is this animal termed Climate Change? What causes these changes? Why is it a topic of concern? Why should young people even care about these Climate Change issues and what can be done?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. The story took a turn since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.
Examples of greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal for heating a building, for example.
Clearing land and forests can also release carbon dioxide. Landfills for garbage are a major source of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture and land use are among the main emitters.
This is not meant to scare you but for education. The consequences of climate change now include, among others, intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity.
So what can be done to counter climate change? How may we act now to avoid disaster later? Well here are some of the things you can do now:

When possible, walk or ride your bike in order to avoid carbon emissions completely. Carpooling and public transportation drastically reduce CO2 emissions by spreading them out over many riders.
Until petroleum-based aviation fuel is replaced, you should avoid flying when possible, fly less frequently, fly shorter distances, and fly economy class.
Eat locally-produced and organic food. Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels, and many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based. Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels, and many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based.

Lower the amount of energy used to pump, treat, and heat water by washing your car less often, using climate-appropriate plants in your garden, installing drip irrigation so that plants receive only what they need, and making water-efficient choices when purchasing shower heads, faucet heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines.

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