Sunday, 7 June 2015

CLIMATE CRISIS: WHO WILL ACT


Heavy Clouds over a Wheat Field
From rising sea levels to changes in crop patterns, from extreme weather events to changing economies, climate change will affect us all.  For our generation, the decisions being made on climate change in our countries now will affect our future. Climate change is the mother of all conservation battles. It has implications for species extinctions, changes in vegetation, migration patterns of insects and birds, and much more, it threatens us humans too. 

Climate change is considered to be a critical global challenge and recent events have demonstrated the world’s growing vulnerability to climate change. The impacts of climate change range from affecting agriculture to further endangering food security, to rising sea-levels and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones, increasing intensity of natural disasters, species extinction and the spread of vector-borne diseases, thus turning millions of people into refugees.

Every year 192 countries come together to meet and negotiate a new climate change deal.  This December 2015, World leaders are due to agree a new international climate deal in France, Paris. We all have an opportunity to change our world. We can use this opportunity to make a decision to demand better climate change deals for our own countries.

The international climate conference will be held at the Le Bourget site from 30 November to 11 December 2015. This will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 11) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Leadership of the negotiations is yet to be determined.
World Global Warming
On the road to Paris 2015; HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE THE WORLD LEADERS TO TAKE BOLD ACTION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE? HOW CAN WE ENSURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE HEARD AND PART OF THE SOLUTION? HOW CAN YOUNG PEOPLE SPARK THE POLITICAL MOMENTUM NEEDED?

If countries are serious about coming to a global agreement in the next few years, then they will need young people behind them to participate in the solutions, promote renewable energy, and take up green jobs.  This is only going to happen if young people are included in decision-making and if young people receive good education and training on climate change.

ꞌIt’s not just an issue of who benefits but also who pays the price. Several people say that, while the richest benefit from development, the poorest pay the harshest price for climate change-related damagesꞌ.

I can only hope for concrete solutions and real agreements from all parties that will make the climate deal agreement at COP21 in Paris a historically good one. I hope to see our Zambian Government, Civil Societies and the Youth to advocate and demand for commitments that are JUST, EQUITABLE AND POWER-FULL CLIMATE AGREEMENTS.




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