Climate Change Education
What is Climate Change?
‘Climate change’ is understood as a growing shift in the global climate patterns (changes in temperature, precipitation and weather stability), which have largely taken place over the past 100 years following industrial revolution. While the earth’s climate is constantly changing in response to natural causes, human activity is seen to have an increasing impact on the composition of the global atmosphere, linked to the climate fluctuation.
Over the past century, the average temperature of the earth has increased by 0.75 degrees causing significant environmental damage. Consequences of continuing global warming will include a rise in natural disasters, food shortages, disease and severe damage to ecological, economic and political stability. Moreover, the majority of people most vulnerable to the impact of global warming come from developing countries and areas without the resources or economic means to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
In light of the growing evidence of human contribution to climate change, particularly through carbon dioxide emissions and other green house gases, urgent action is needed to adjust unsustainable behaviour and to prepare vulnerable communities to the emerging consequences of the climate change already in progress.
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