Facts About Climate Change
Taking action against climate change is critical to a secure and more sustainable future. Everyone has the responsibility to ensure that their actions don’t harm or degrade the environment.
Various measures and stringent environmental standards, including programs and policies help both individuals and organizations to fight for environmental protection.
Strive to actively break poverty, disability, and actions that promote environmental degradation.
With various measures recommended for environmental protection, individuals and companies can reduce their carbon footprint for a greener world.
Proper waste management and reduction of waste production are required in every industry to reduce environmental impact.
Advocacy programs and reduction of CO2 emissions are other efforts towards environmental protection. Natural resources are limited hence should also be protected from depletion.
Whether you’re new to the protection of the environment or have engaged in various green campaigns, you need to understand climate change. This knowledge helps support the fight against pollution and other harmful activities that degrade the environment.
Here’re 10 facts you need to know about climate change:
10 Climate Change Facts You Need to Know
Knowledge of various facts about climate change can help inform advocacy and measures against it.
- Climate will immensely affect the population and migration systems on a large scale. It will impact how and where food is grown, including new and existing settlements.
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere since 2018 has hit the highest figures in over 3 million years.
- The negative effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and temperatures are already impacting many people worldwide.
- The main factors driving climate change include:
- The food industry
- Burning oil, coal and gas
- The level of CO2 concentrations today resemble those about 3 to 5 million years ago; the sea level was 10 to 20 meters higher while the temperature was 20 to 30C warmer.
- About 250,000 extra deaths are projected to occur every year due to diarrhea, malaria, heat stress, and malnutrition from 2030 to 2050. These are the main drivers of climate change.
- Climate change affects important basic needs such as food, clean water, shelter, and clean air.
- The number of migrants looking for better and safer places to stay will increase in the future. However, more litigation of climate change is expected in the south.
- Africa produces 4% of carbon emissions worldwide in comparison to 80% of emissions in the developed world. However, it’s the most affected continent worldwide.
- 1 in every 4 children globally, translating to almost 600 million children, will reside in regions with limited water access by 2040.
Strong natural disasters such as Cyclones Kenneth and Idai that occur frequently (almost a week apart) are good examples of climate change effects in Mozambique that affect a large segment of the population.
Similarly, natural disasters in developing countries can also affect persons living with disabilities. For instance, Idai made life more difficult for such persons; accessing support and aide during such times becomes more difficult.