Why is it important?
Climate change is a global threat which will impact the lives of everyone on the planet. Over the past two decades the effect of climate change have accelerated.
Considerable evidence exists proving climate change has been exacerbated by human activity. Changes in our post-industrial lifestyles have altered the chemical composition of the atmosphere, generating a build-up of greenhouse gases – primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide levels – raising the average global temperature.
The consequences are already evident and will continue to worsen unless significant action is taken and quickly. Sea level will continue to rise and local climate conditions to be altered, causing an increase in extreme weather events, affecting forests, crop yields, and water supplies.
This can lead to homelessness, famine and conflict as resources become scarcer. Environmental pollution and climate change affect human health, accelerate species extinction, and disrupt vital ecosystems. Poor air quality and issues of clean water availability leave us more susceptible to diseases such as COVID-19.
Combined with rises in temperature and deforestation (from direct human action and climate change related events),resulting in the displacement of animals from their native habitats, the frequency of disease occurrence will increase, as disease will transfer from animals to other geographical areas and larger human populations.
It is vital that all individuals, businesses, organisations and governments work towards the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.