Human-induced climate change threatens the future of our world
The 6th evaluation report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that human-induced climate change is causing a rise in the number and severity of extreme weather events in all regions of the world (IPCC, 2021).
According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, global temperature has increased by more than 1 °C between 2010-2019 compared to the 1850-1900 period due to climate change (NASA, 2022).
Reports published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environmental Information and Observation Network (EIONET), illustrate how climate change affects ecosystems, natural resources such as water and soil, human health, energy, agricultural production, transportation and tourism.
Worldwide, more than 350 million people living in urban areas face water scarcity due to increasing droughts and many coastal locations are at risk of being seriously affected by rising sea levels.
In the European Union:
– 89,000 kms of coastline and a population of 68 million are likely to be affected by rising sea level.
– 112 billion euros of damage are expected to occur due to floods caused by excessive precipitation
– a temperature increase of 2.5 °C is anticipated by 2080
– close to a million people may be at risk of starvation (European Parliament, 2021).
Young people and climate change action
The role of young people in tackling climate change is important. The European Commission’s (EU) “Youth for Climate Action” initiative aims to engage young people to work towards the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.
Today, many young people live in fear of climate change. Surveys have shown that young people perceived climate change as the most significant global issue, owing to its wide-ranging and often catastrophic consequences.
Climate change has become the most significant global issue.