Voices of YV4CA

 

Video Voices


Youth from Cambodia


Chhoeun Chanboramy

Chhoeun recently volunteered to support Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Youth from China


Liu Lele

Liu recently volunteered to support Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Lyutong Cai

Lyutong is a former young Technical Assistant with UNESCAP's Statistics Division in Bangkok, Thailand. There, she worked with Ocean Accounts and is passionate about linking SDG 13: Climate Action with SDG 14: Life Below Water. Hear Lyutong's thoughts on climate action in her interview below!


Yi Yeung, Hong Kong

Yi Yeung is a public information and marketing intern at ReliefWeb, UN OCHA. Hear his thoughts on climate action below!


Youth from India


Megha Kumari Prasad


Namitha Kuttiparambil & Annie Kukreja


Partha Hazarika


Suman Deokota, Pune


Tharun Sathya Duvoor


Utkarsh Vashishtha (23), Kanpur


 
Youth from Indonesia


Angeline Fransisca

Angeline is a young professional from Indonesia working in Japan.


 Kenji Marwies


Michelle Aprilia


Philip Tanjaya


Sherry Wong

Youth from Malaysia


Ashley Yong

Ashley is a Youth Representative of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. Her work focuses on youth, gender, and environment. She is particularly passionate about SDG 13 and SDG 14.


Eshaan Menon

Eshaan is a Youth Advisory Council Member for Asia for the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). Formerly, during his term as Youth Program Director at the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) Youth, he focused on expanding the reach of UNAM Youth through a digital membership platform as well as campus activities such as fundraisers and Town Halls. Most recently, Eshaan was a winner of the Reboot the Earth, a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.


Yen Ning Wong

Yen Ning Wong is a young adult from Malaysia who was a youth representative of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation


Yi Ching Yong

Is a young adult studying at Tzu Chi University.

Youth from Nepal


IS Khulal Magar

IS Khulal is a young adult on the Board of Directors for YFEED Foundation


Pratibha Pant



Rubina Adhikari


 


Sonika Poudel

 

Youth from Philippines


John Leo Algo

John is a young professional in the field of environmental science and management. His interests include air quality, climate change, environmental modelling, governance and policies, and urban development. Hear his thoughts on climate action below!
 

Youth from the Republic of Korea


Sunghwan Park

Sunghwan is a former consultant with UNESCAP’s Environment and Development Division in Bangkok, Thailand. There, he worked for the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG) project which aims to strengthen the member states’ capacity in dealing with the climate change issues and to foster green growth in the region. Hear Sung's inputs on climate action in his interview below!


Youth from Sri Lanka


Saffran Mihnar

Saffran is a youth advocate focused on communication, campaigning, and negotiations with the ability to strategically identify, devise and implement solutions to global development. He works in empowering young people in the field of climate change and sustainable development. While having been engaged in the process for more than five years, he has contributed to the national and international youth platforms and communication at UNFCCC Sessions since COP21 as well as several other international conferences & workshops such as One Planet Summit, European Conference on Science Journalism, EuroScience Open Forums and High-level Meeting on “Climate and Sustainable Development for All.”

Youth from Thailand


Anna Sriratanasomboon


Akaraphum Pisanwanich

Akaraphum is a project manager for Earth Day Network Thailand.


Jacky Jaroenmoon


Jamie Lohwithee & Chalisn Phetdong


Jeta Jiranuntarat


Jongsuwat Angsuvarnsiri

Jongsuwat is from Thailand where he heads SAC Art Center, a not-for-profit platform for young and emerging artists to have a platform to showcase their works.


Punyapha Visavakornvisisd

Punyapha Visavakornvisisd runs the environmental awareness-raising organization YouthEN in Thailand.



Risa Sayama


Terachet Rojrachsombat

Terachet is a passionate advocate for climate action from Thailand. He has been involved with Climate Strike Thailand.

Youth from Vietnam


Vu Que Anh

Vu Que Anh is a young adult from Vietnam studying at Tzu Chi University.

 

Written Voices


Youth from Bangladesh


Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman (27)

"I urge to the decision makers of my country to consider youth voices and demands to be incorporated in the national climate policies and strategies to achieve SDGs and accomplish the declarations agreed in Paris Agreement."

 


Anonymous Female (22)

"The problem of the environment has been a subject of hot debate for the last decade. There is an opinion that if we keep rejecting responsibilities to take care of our own nature and human ecology, the human race is doomed to failure. The impacts of climate change are very vast. It effects every sector such as agriculture (water resources, forestry, food security), coastal areas (urban vulnerability, sea-level rise), and international policies."

 


Anonymous Male (22)

"Nowadays, the problem of changing climate conditions, particularly global warming, which is increasing through human activities, are the main issues. According to the SDGs, Goal 13 on climate action must strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related disaster. Education and awareness-raising must be improved. Mechanisms for raising capacity for effective resilience and adaptation must be promoted.   Across the environmental, economic, and social dimensions their respective factors must be considered: materials, energy, water, biodiversity, and waste; ethical conduct, corruption, social justice, and labor practices; and corporate governance, economic contributions, and local economic development."  

 


Anonymous Male (22)

"The government should implement environmental policies to reduce climate change."

 


Anonymous Male (22)

"Climate change is a hot topic now. We are already facing the outputs of climate change, and definitely, this change is bad for our planet. The SDGs are good for our planet however, but the important question is, are we implementing the SDGS or not? I advocate for responsible consumption, and for the government and policy makers to take steps towards responsible consumption."

 


Anonymous Male (21)

"Actually, climate change is now creating major incidents which are not being faced. Now is the right time to develop a suitable plan because, without taking the appropriate steps or undergoing sustainable work, our doom day will arrive soon. Generally, we, the inhabitants of earth can easily make our future secure. And I think that developed countries have to come forward in this case."

 


Anonymous Male (22)

"Climate change is presently the most concerning issue. As the climate is changed by us, so too can we reduce climate change. Another concern is our policy. Every government must take initiative for better or worse against climate change. Our everyday lives depend on it."

 


Anonymous Male (21)

"Obviously, the issue of climate change is created by human beings and it is accelerating day by day with deleterious impact for the world. However, climate change can be positive if our consciousness becomes positive, so that we have to change our behavior positively. Then we will be able to protect our earth."  

 


Anonymous Male (22)

"Organizing workshops on climate change is highly appreciated because, nowadays, climate change is an unavoidable issue for human beings. In every activity, people somehow directly and indirectly affect it which has an adverse effect on us and our atmosphere. So, we should be concerned about climate actions that protect our environment."

 


Anonymous Female (21)

"My village is in the coastal area of southern Bangladesh. As a well-known place, it was damaged by both Cyclone Aila and Bulbul, hampering the rural economy. Many initiatives have been taken to address this, but none have been sustainable. So, adaptive capacities must be built and climate action integrated into national policy."

 


Anonymous female (23)

"In this period, climate change is a great issue and a buzz word. Global warming is rising. Sea-levels are rising. Ecosystems are in hazards way. In this situation, we must reduce vulnerability and take action against it. It also causes destruction to human health. So, we have to stop misusing our natural resources, restore forests, and control the population. It is the duty of not only the government but also all of us."  

 


Anonymous Male (21)

"Climate change is the most important problem in the current world. Day by day, our climate is changing and, because of this, we face different types of problems. Bangladesh is more vulnerable to climate change. Different types of disasters have occurred with food shortages, decreased life expectancy, extinction of wildlife, and etcetera. Individual concern and responsibilities should be important."

 


Anonymous Female (21)

"I am a person in society and we all are social people. Society created climate change and we have to be clear about it. Nowadays, our climate has changed in many ways and we take some action. First, we need to raise public awareness and the effects of positive change. Otherwise, there will be problems all over the world. So, need a guideline to maintain our climate and save our lives and society all over the world."

 


Anonymous Female (21)

"Climate change is a great problem for our country. Climate change creates not only environmental problems, but also economic and social ones. The impact of climate change creates vulnerability for the whole earth, which exposes us to many disasters both natural and entirely man made. So, we need to raise awareness for climate change and its impact."

 


Anonymous Female (22)

"As we know that Bangladesh is a developing country, our main concern is economic development, not environmental as it should be. In our everyday work, we harm our environment. We know all about this but won’t take any decision or step to protect the environment. We should try our best to protect the environment, preserving it for our future generations."

 


Anonymous Female

"Bangladesh is more vulnerable to climate change. Every year our country faces a great crisis, but some areas are affected in many ways. When we pollute our environment like this, sea-levels will ultimately submerge many areas. We are aware of climate change and have to take action against it."

 

Youth from Equatorial Guinea


José Beltrán Esono

"First of all, I will start by saying that where I come from, the African continent, suffers the effects of climate change with greater virulence, despite the fact that it is only guilty of 3% of Greenhouse Gas emissions.  The drastic reduction in rainfall in many regions is already evidence of climate change. The country that saw me born, Equatorial Guinea, and a large part of Africa, has suffered from the beginning of 2016 the greatest drought ever recorded.  This is the penultimate example of the effects we are already experiencing as a consequence of climate change.  Changes are manifested with greater intensity in the impoverished regions of the planet. Furthermore, the African climate is deeply conditioned by the seas, which are experiencing a continuous rise in temperature and acidification. With this climate change, the majority of the population that has an economic sustenance and lives from agriculture, livestock, and fishing will be affected. The continuous succession of these phenomena from years ago is translating into famines, social revolts and grea,  migratory flows.

The countries with the highest cumulative GHG emissions have an obligation, not only for mitigation, but also to contribute to the full achievement of human rights in the region. Projects to curb climate change, which come from abroad, should be enabled and implemented. It is also necessary for Africans to become the active subjects of a change based on climate justice, with special attention to empowering women and youth. There must be an urgent transfer of technology, knowledge, and financing from the North to the South in the African continent.  The challenges of climate change, to be addressed, are huge and real, with priority being given to achieving food sovereignty in the present and for the future. Therefore, it is necessary to promote autonomous and citizen projects that favor systems resistant to climate change."

Youth from India


Anonymous

"The Climate Crisis has emerged as one of the most crucial generational issues facing us as mankind today. The impact it has and will have on the generations to come is largely unforeseen and that is what is scary about it.

Rising concerns about the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of greenhouse gases have led to major debates at a global level about the possible mitigation and adaptation strategies that nations should undertake to help them transition to a low carbon development pathway. The problem is a collective one and if we choose to not act collectively, we are certainly doomed. 

What we fail to see is that every action we take has a direct impact on the climate and the burden of change is on us. The cutting down of forests in the name of development  like in the case of Arrey forest in Mumbai which has got a green signal for a metro construction project or mining of coal from the forests in Madhya Pradesh which has led to extensive loss of green cover.

India is extremely vulnerable to the climate impacts, for example increase in temperature can damage crops threatening food security or rise in sea level could submerge for coastal areas like Mumbai.  But, India is also now a major contributor to green house gases, being the 4th largest global emitter.  

The time to act is now and we need to be shouting and demanding positive climate action. As an organisation YWater is focused on collecting these voices and is working to amplify them so we can be stronger as a collective while demanding climate justice."


Anonymous Female (25)

"Understanding climate change and taking necessary actions on the grassroot level is the need of the hour. Globally, this topic is discussed but still, in India, many people are not aware of this change, its causes, and it's impact. I believe each and every person on this planet should make a contribution to tackle this change. This should be progressively discussed in schools and villages. It is OUR responsibility to secure life of every living being on Earth….If there is an option to be chose between nature and development, chose nature!"
 


Anonymous Female (27)

"Awareness should be raised among every citizen in the society especially among the lower income groups."
 


Abhilash Banerjee, Kolkata, West Bengal

Abhilash

"Climate change affects human health and well-being through more extreme weather events, wildfires, decreased air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects, food, and water. I remember a time when the climate used to be so soothing. But as time passed, global warming became a serious issue. This not only affect people as individuals but it also impacts the whole of society. The increasing temperatures on earth create problems like skin disease, heat strokes, and etc.

Sometimes out staying too long in this weather creates the worst situation, especially for the senior citizens as they are physically weaker and, due to this immense heat, sometimes it may cost them their life. Dehydration and heart attacks are becoming very common issues for humanity. This increasing heat also has its effects on the ecosystem. Land is drying which leads to drought, icebergs are melting which leads to rise in sea levels, and much more. All this combined to together is really affecting human sustainability as agriculture is one of the basic needs for human survival. So, we can say that this rise in temperature is creating bad situation to the only planet where life exists. Its high time that we, along with our government, control this rise in temperature. Some of the points that that I think that our government should take measures on are:

  • As transport is one of the essential requirements, the government needs to promote vehicles that are eco-friendly.
  • Mother earth needs to be restored. The government needs to restore the rivers, forests, and other natural habits that can reduce the rise in the temperature.
  • Air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution that are caused by industrial waste, and also from domestic waste, needs to be controlled.
  • Plastics should be banned as they are not fully degradable in nature and it takes many years just for their partial decomposition.
  • Government should also promote water stations for the local people, so that they can get water as and when required.
  • Working together with government can leads to make this world a better place to live in."
     

Abhishek Pandey (24), Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh

Abhishek

"Global warming is a big concern negatively affecting physical, biological and human systems. Climate change caused by increase in temperature triggers multiple effects. The magnitude of each impact depends on our collective choices. Air pollution, for example, is a the primary reason for climate change. It is widely impacting us and our family members.

The air situation is so bad that we cannot go outside without mask and it can be lethal to breathe. The  lifespan of a person living in metro cities is now 3 years less than a person living in a rural area. It is also affecting pregnant women and new borne children with diseases. Disease increasing through air pollution also includes heart attacks, strokes, lungs cancer, and respiratory infection.

 

We need to take initiative to save our mother planet and stop climate change. Save the planet, save the species of our planet. Actions should be taken by government to promote: the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), public transportation, and the sharing of vehicles among neighbours. The Delhi odd-even vehicle system is one good measure for controlling pollution and they should apply this system to the whole of India. The government should also encourage people to drive electric vehicles rather than vehicles that run on diesel and petrol. They should also encourage people to plant more trees. The government should consider a coal ban."
 


Aakriti Chaturvedi (22), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 

Akriti

"Climate change destabilises the Earth’s temperature equilibrium and has far-​reaching effects on human beings and the environment. As a society, we have structured our day-to-day lives around historical and current climate conditions. Climate changes affect our society through impacts on a number of different social, cultural, and natural resources. The direct consequences of man-​made climate change include rising maximum temperatures, rising sea levels, higher ocean temperatures, an increase in heavy precipitation especially in developing countries, health risks through rising air temperatures and heat waves, economic implications of dealing with secondary damage related to climate change, increasing the spread of pests and pathogens, loss of biodiversity due to limited adaptive speed of flora and fauna.

Steps the government can take to combat climate change
1. Protect and restore key ecosystems.
2. Support small agricultural producers.
3. Bet on adaptation, not mitigation.
4. Encourage the use of renewable energy.
5. Impose a carbon tax."

 

 

 

 


 


Akshat Saxena (18), Etawah, Uttar Pradesh 

Akshat

"As a society we are experiencing many problems from climate change. Thsi particulalry impacts people of lower classes like tribal communities, rag pickers, and etc. Bad climate change also affects our wildlife and biodiversity very adversely. Many wild animals have lost their lives and habitats. It affects our society as a whole, as it also affects a number of different resources, economicl, social and natural. Many farmers have also lost their livelihoods as they no longer have a source of income. Natural resources are declining and we need to focus more on getting maximum output by minimum utilization of resources. Climate change affects largely affects those who live in  areas which are vulnerable and in condition of being shattered like slums and houses near water bodies. Similarly, some types of professions and industries could be badly affected due to climate change. Professions or industries which are closely linked to weather and climate like agriculture, commerce and outdoor tourism will be affected to a large extent. Climate change can threaten people 's job, their source of money and their health too. Population in the west mountains can face water shortage and landslides and just like this, areas of the western and southern coastal plains of the USA are more sensitive to drought air pollution and heat waves. Nowadays the population is still increasing so water and food grains demand is still increasing high but there is shortage of water due high demand and climate change.

Our government should take legal actions to combat climate change. It can work to stop global warming, which is increasing rapidly at a higher rate. We should support greenery and a fresh ecosystem by afforestation (planting of trees). The government can ban deforestation and should take legal action against those who promote it. Also, various research and development programs of the government such as the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy can drive progress in cleaning energy technologies and bring them into commercial use. Voluntary programs like the natural gas STAR program work with businesses to reduce emissions with public recognition."
 


Ashutosh Tripathi

"Climate change is not a one-day event, we can feel climate change's impacts observably for decades. The impact which I personally feel in my life, which affects me, my family, and community are:

A- Due to industrial development emissions, harmful gases have increased in our atmosphere and we can feel it by just simply breathing in our surroundings.
B- Lots of flora and fauna are going extinct if no precautionary measures are taken.
C-Warming of daily temperatures are due to climate change.

The environment should be our first priority in every policy. A balance between development and environment should be struck. The Go-Green initiative should be promoted. Finally, we need to think on a long-term basis."
 


Avani Parekh (23), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Avani

"Around the world, people are experiencing both subtle and stark effects of climate change. Gradually shifting weather patterns, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events are all clear and devastating evidence of a rapidly changing climate.

The increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like hurricanes, wildfires and droughts threaten the world’s food supply, the effects of which eventually end up on people like us, drive people from their homes, and separate families and livelihoods. And all of these effects increase the risk of hunger and poverty.

the above mentioned are only a few of the aspects where we see a drastic destruction which in-turn would result in an adverse impact on society.

The government can play a vital role in combating climate change in every manner. At the end of the day it’s the government which has to educate people in utmost possible manner. Small actions can make a huge impact.

As individuals: Save energy, use the car less, recycle more, make better consumption choices and engage in family planning. By following the this, we can reduce emissions.

As the government: They should think in taking large scale measures- Protect and restore eco-systems, support small agricultural procedures and promote green energy."
 


Dilip Chander, Warangal, Telangana

Dilip

"Nowadays, weather has become unpredictable. This climate change is expected to increase the risk of illnesses. Elderly people at my home and in my community experience difficulty because of untimely rains which leads to spread of the flu. This flu attacks extremely fast in elderly people and children's as the immunity will be low in them. In children, the immunity is about to build and in elders its in final stage. During the Summer, when the temperature rises, it causes lot of health issues and the rise of temperature is because of Co2 emission.                                        

These climate changes are affecting people economically and also in terms of health. Healing the natural system is the most feasible, realistic and fair option, since it would benefit humanity and all species. In terms of conservation and restoration, we’re in a race against time, and we’re already beginning to witness alarming natural phenomena, like forests degraded to the point of losing their ability to absorb carbon.                                  

Governments can make a difference by supporting small local producers who, unlike large factory farms, employ sustainable practices, care about land restoration, benefit nearby communities, and make animals and crops more resilient to climate change. We must give absolute priority to the protection of nature."
 


Diptimayee Sahoo (24)

Dipti

"Climate change has brought a drastic impact on our lives and has affected our ecosystem, causing havoc. The increase of population is directly linked to deforestation as land is converted for agricultural use to feed a growing human population. Global warming has changed the weather patterns, causing severe weather events, heat waves, droughts and floods.

An abrupt change in the monsoon could precipitate a major crisis, triggering more frequent droughts, greater flooding in large parts of India, and cyclones. Now in some families, there are more than 2 vehicles; hence the pollutant gases like CO2 and CO etc. are coming out of these vehicles and causing air pollution and noise pollution. Due to this, people are suffering from several respiratory diseases.

During the summer season, we have faced interrupted power cuts. As the increasing variability and long term decreases in river flows can pose a major challenge to hydropower plants and increase the risk of other natural disasters.

More than 60% of India's agriculture is rain fed, making the country highly dependent on groundwater. But the ground water resources are over exploited, hence there is scarcity. Sea level rise and storm surges will also lead to salt water intrusion in the coastal areas, contaminating drinking water and possibly causing a rise in diarrhea and Cholera outbreaks.

To combat climate change the government should take following steps:

Protect and restore key ecosystems by restoring the natural system. This is the most feasible, realistic and fair option. Governments can make a difference by supporting small local producers who, unlike large factory farms, employ sustainable practices, care about land restoration, benefit nearby communities, and make animals and crops more resilient to climate change.

Promote green energy- While thermoelectric and hydroelectric energies were long considered the cheapest options, technological developments have allowed us to find better, cheaper, more efficient alternatives. Improvements in hydro-meteorological systems for weather forecasting and the installation of flood warning systems can help people move out of harm’s way before a weather-related disaster strikes.

Crop diversification- More efficient water use, and improved soil management practices, together with the development of drought-resistant crops can help reduce some of the negative impacts."
 


Gunjan Gaur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Gunjan

"Climate change is a periodic modification to the earth’s climate as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interactions between  the atmosphere and the various other geologic, chemical, biological and geographical factors within the Earth system. In a very real sense, climate variation is a redundant expression – climate is always varying. No two years are exactly alike, nor are any two decades, any two centuries, or any two millennia. However, it is the suddenness and severity of climate change today that is an issue. 

As time passes, global warming has become a serious issue. The global increase in temperature causes variation in the physical, biological, and human system. This does not impact people as individuals alone, but is also affects the whole community. The problems which occur include skin diseases, heat stroke, cancer, and etc.

It’s actually having a serious impacts on world’s water system too through more flooding and droughts. It impacts on agriculture are notable as it is the backbone of the Indian economy. About 65% of Indian population depends directly on agriculture and it accounts for around 22% of GDP. Rained agriculture occupies 67% if net sown area, contributing to 44% of food grains and supporting 40 % of the population. It’s high time to look upon this situation, by both the people and by the government itself. Such steps that the government must take are:

  • the government should promote water stations for villagers, so they might not have to travel for their necessity.
  • The government needs to promote vehicles that are eco- friendly.
  • The government needs to restore the rivers, forests and other natural habits that can reduce the rise in the temperature.
  • the government can enacting policies that encourage a speedy transition to clean energy such as wind and solar.
  • It can encourage reforms through programmes like the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Programme)"
     

Jagriti Kumari, Kolkata, West Bengal

Jagriti

"Climate change affects all regions around the world. It has already impacted ecosystems and humans as well. Talking about India, extreme weather events and rainfall are becoming more common and this is really affecting the agricultural land. As we all know, ~50% of people in India work in the agriculture sector and climate change really impacts India’s poor. On the other hand, others are experiencing more extreme heat waves and droughts. Some people may be particularly at risk from climate change such as the poor, young children and the elderly.

Climate change is also having an impact on the health of every living being, we can all see that there has been an increase in the number of deaths in some region. The reason of increasing number of deaths are temperature-related. The quality and quantity of fresh water will likely be affected almost everywhere as well.

The Indian government should declare a climate emergency immediately. There are many concrete steps which can be taken to address the threat of climate change.

  1.  Rainwater can be harvested and the rivers could be restored to their original flow so that they can bring back the wetlands.
  2. Government should also encourage the use of public transport.
  3. Forest areas need to be increased so we can have more oxygen and fresh air.
  4. Governments should also implement a stringent plastic ban.
  5. Burning of waste in outdoor place should be banned as it can cause a wildfire and it posses risks to the environment and public health by polluting the air we breathe."
     

Kiran Maye Sukkala (22), Pune, Maharashtra

Kiran Maye Sukkala

"First of all, despite some world leaders still denying the reality of climate change, it is a matter of legitimate concern. Though climate change is a natural phenomenon, the natural process is supposed to be quite slow as it tends to occur due to volcanic activity or regulation of solar radiation, continental shifts, and etc. On the contrary, the climate change that we bear witness to today is quite unnatural. When the perspective changes from an individual to a family, the problems become more complex and imperative. Climate change affects an entire family economically, physically, and socially. In the physical aspect, serious ailments are occurring due to water contamination, air pollutants, and extreme weather changes. The treatment of health concerns results in the exhaustion of finances, hence showing a direct correlation. Environmental degradation also causes unrest within society as the competition increases for limited available space. This competition is not just limited to the human community but pervades throughout biological ecosystems, ultimately resulting in the extinction of various species. Communities also have to face the brunt of human-made calamities that threaten the very foundations of their existence.

Actions that governments can take to combat the climate crisis: 

  • Conserving ecosystems and ecological hotspots.
  • Putting an end to deforestation and starting afforestation and reforestation projects.
  • Introducing transportation that runs on clean or renewable energy.
  • Ensuring the implementation of the use of renewable energy in various industries.
  • Implementing proper waste disposal instead of landfills.
  • Reduction in greenhouse gases emissions in general.
  • Restricting the use of fossil fuels.
  • Creating awareness about climate change and its consequences so that people can consciously opt for environment-friendly choices."
     

Madhan Raja (25)

"It is hard to accept that even after the cruel effects from disasters like the Kerala and Mozambique floods, Cyclone Fani and Titli, and severe winters all over the world, the policy makers still act as if they are deaf…no major action has been taken. To keep the Paris agreement alive, we need to reduce the aggregate demand of all goods and services and enact effective deforestation and effective afforestation."
 


Madhukar Dubey (23), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Madhukar

“Climate change has a huge impact on not only human beings, but equally on all species. Global warming is one of the major problems facing us today. The weather conditions are also very disturbed due to this fast change in the climate. The government now is also taking active participation in making everyone aware about the future problem that our upcoming generation will have to face. Not only the human life but the life of each species is equally important. We all have already seen the magic of nature in the complete lockdown in many of the nations. There is a saying in India that ‘start working on your idea from your home.’ The contribution of each and every one will one day result in a pollution free climate.”
 


Momi Das (24), Guwahati, Assam

"We would like the policymakers and changemakers to take a bottom up approach, parallel with global collaboration. Grassroots level work to persuade change in the behaviour of people and raise awareness will disable ignorance. Policy is there but proper implementation is not, as in the case of banning single use plastic and segregating solid waste at source. The setting up of a State Wetland Authority for regulatory mechanism of wetlands will safeguard and conserve wetlands that host great biodiversity. Enacting sustainable development strategies will enable a halt on the cutting of age-old trees and safeguard an ecosystem." 
 


Neelima (22), Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh 

Neelima

"There are many consequences where climate plays important role. 

One of the most important impacts of  climate change is damage to home which can also increase the chance of loss of life. It can easily disrupt travel too. Flights can be disrupted due to change in climate. intense storms can also contaminate the quality of water and, due to either less or more rain than usual, crops can be destroyed which will lead to loss of crops and hike up the prices of food. In summer more and more electricity is used for cooling and, for winter, large amount of heating instruments are used which also uses lot of electricity. Either way, if the atmosphere is more cold or more hot due to climate change, it is unbearable and uses lot of energy. Changes in climate can also affect health and can cause very serious problem and diseases like allergy and other health risks.

According to me it's high time now government should take some strict decisions to combat climate change. But this is not only the responsibility  of the government, this is for citizens also, that they will consume less energy and buy equipment with an energy star. The government should be stricter on deforestation and only those woods should be used which have already been harvested, instead of cutting new ones. Always plant a community garden in every locality. People should use more and more renewable objects. Government should also support green and clean lives which will help the adaptation and will not affect more impact on climate change. More and more small produces should be encouraged so there should be less amount of usage of resources."
 


Paheli Patwari (25), Kolkata, West Bengal

Paheli

"Climate change is currently at the forefront of many political and environmental debates, but for many poorer regions, the effects of climate change are a daily reality.

Although the earth’s climate has been changing since its formation, temperatures have been rising rapidly since the industrial revolution. By burning fossil fuels and through other activities, humans increase emissions (greenhouse gasses that are trapped in earth’s atmosphere) like carbon dioxide and methane. These emissions trap energy in the atmosphere and increase the temperature of the earth. Temperatures have risen about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century.

Climate change affects regions across the globe; however, people living in poverty are more affected, despite the fact that the 50 least developed countries in the world contribute only 1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change can bring about disastrous weather events, of which about 99 percent of total related fatalities and 90 percent of all economic losses occur in less developed countries.

Climate change not only affects our society through impacts on a number of different social, cultural, and natural resources. For example, climate change affects human health, infrastructure, and transportation systems, as well as energy, food, and water supplies.

Social impacts vary but 'human systems, such as welfare, social aid and medical systems, are likely to be affected by climate change.'  Climate change will change the way people live, work, worship and play in their built and natural environments.

As a society, we have structured our day-to-day lives around historical and current climate conditions. We are accustomed to a normal range of conditions and may be sensitive to extremes that fall outside of this range.

By taking pro-active steps to becoming a climate-friendly community you may be able to avoid or minimize some of the negative consequences being predicted for communities. Climate change can mean positive changes to the way we live in our communities.

According to NASA, 2016 was the hottest year globally on record. If current trends continue, the effects of climate change could push an additional 100 million individuals into poverty by 2030. To combat these global effects, it’s going to take all of us. Real change for the most vulnerable will only come with global participation: country-to-country, city-to-city, person-to-person. At One Day’s Wages, our goal is to be a part of the solution by taking small steps to make an impact on poor communities.

Some steps that government should take are:

  1. Protect and restore key ecosystems
  2. Support small agricultural producers
  3. Promote green energy
  4. Combat short-lived climate pollutants
  5. Bet on adaptation, not just mitigation"
     

Paridhi Hashan, Harda, Madhya Pradesh

"Climate change has caused shifts in the weather, which includes how much rain a place will gets in a year or season or month. Coinciding, there is a change in that place's usual temperature. Climate change is affecting us from the time we wake up in the morning to the minute we doze off at night and everything in between.

Fossil fuel emissions contribute to the greenhouse effect which can also lead to respiratory diseases (such as asthma in children and adults). Warmer temperatures also affect our mental health (such as stress, anxiety, and tension). The emissions that cause excessive heat on the planet also damage our body and mind.

Because of global warming glaciers melt and ocean water expands, leading to rising sea levels which adds to the volume of water creeping up coastlines and slowly swallowing land and homes, fueling more flooding inland and putting people into a situation where they have to leave their homes. Carbon dioxide accumulating in our atmosphere also makes fruits and vegetables less nutritious to eat. Extra CO2 speeds up photosynthesis and causing plants to grow with more sugar and less calcium, protein, zinc, and important vitamins.

The government should take following actions to combat Climate Change:

  • Activate the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  • Promote tree plantation.
  • Promote an emission control system.
  • Promote renewable energy.
  • Restrict the excess use of Fossil Fuels."
     

Piyush Golhani, Madhya Pradesh

Piyush

"Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today and it is expected to have long term impacts on  the living. Climate change impacts the environment, water, health, agriculture, and other sectors. This climate change is directly or  indirectly  affected by the whole earth.

The Narmada River is referred to as the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh and fulfills all water needs in Madhya Pradesh, but now the Narmada faces a threat from increased human activities and also in the form of climate change,  which is impacting the quality and also the quantity of water. The causes of fresh river water pollution are varied and include industrial wastes, sewage, runoff from farmland, cities, and factories wastages. There is no sign of river pollution being stopped. It is increasing day by day and local communities are suffering from a variety of health problems.

Agriculture is also one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change. The impacts of climate change on agriculture will be one of the major deciding factors influencing the future food security of mankind on the earth. In Madhya Pradesh, agriculture supports nearly 70% of the rural population, but agriculture in Madhya Pradesh faces major challenges related to climate change. Problems related to decline in soil fertility and ground water levels and climate related factors like droughts, excess rainfall, frost and hailstorm are causing significant year to year variation in production and productivity.

Some steps that the people and the government must take are:

  • Regulating factories based on laws.
  • Purifying river water in waterways.
  • Promoting soil and water conservation technologies.
  • Running campaign programmes."
     

Prachi Mohanty, Cuttack, Odisha

prachi

"A significant disorder in the weather pattern is climate change. This change is directly or indirectly caused by human beings. The climate is changing rapidly and showing its impact as global warming, sea level rise, increases in extreme weather events, spread of disease, changes in ocean circulation, and other natural calamities.

Climate change has been affecting the environment of the whole country but Odisha is particularly vulnerable and has been affected by multiple natural disasters like cyclones, floods, drought, and dry lightning. This state has been affected by disasters for 90 years, cyclone have hit for 11 years, floods for 49, and drought for 30 years. A study reveals that the significant change in climate has a negative impact on Odisha’s agriculture revenue, infrastructure, and way of life. This state may witness more than around 42,334 deaths due to extreme heat alone. the economy of this state is also affected due to these disasters. Our family and friends that inhabit this state suffer a lot.

As climate change is becoming a global issue, we must be conscientious and aware. as well as our government. We can conduct awareness camps for climate change. We can act against forest loss by planting trees. It is also our responsibility to reduce the use of plastic by recycling and re-using. the government also has to take steps for saving energy and reducing emissions.

Climate change is an issue facing the whole earth and it is increasing to an extreme level by the latest industrial revolution. Necessary steps must have to be taken as early as possible for the betterment of both our nature and the human beings."
 


Pragya Tripathi (24), Chhattisgarh

Pragya

"The earth has warmed unprecedentedly over the last few decades. It is global issue and needs to be tackled globally. In respect of India, nature is at the core of India’s traditions. When we talk about panch tatvas- Prithvi (Earth), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire), Akash (Sky) and how our life systems are based on the harmonious functioning of these elements, the imbalances between our greed and necessities have led to grave ecological imbalance.

Impact: Agriculture and food security – due to frequent floods and droughts, rise in sea level – mostly impacting coastal states; wildfire – loss of biodiversity; cyclones – every year frequent cyclones occur in the states of West Bengal and Odisha; spread of endemic and zoonotic diseases; fluctuations in monsoon patterns – directly impacting the Indian agriculture sector because of its dependency on monsoon rains; and scarcity of water.

'Together, we will create a clear environment that will be the cornerstone of human empowerment.'

The government should take the following steps:

  • Proper environmental input assessment should be done before the establishment of any industries.
  • Green skills development program.
  • Follow the Forest Conservation Act.
  • Encourage research and innovation.
  • Proactive steps should be taken like swachh bharat mission, ujjwala yojna, AMRUT yojna.
  • Focus on 5R’s concepts – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle.
  • More focus on renewable energy."
     

Priyansha Prasad (21), Pune, Maharashtra

Priyansha Prasad

"Climate change is creating new health risks all over the community. Extreme weather and unhealthy air quality are becoming more severe and are affecting our families and communities. Changes in the climate means our community needs to prepare for increased health risks. Extreme heat can also lead to heat strokes and heat cramps in pregnant women, people with heart or lung conditions, children, elderly people, outdoor workers, and others. The entire ecosystem is at risk including out pets and other animals too.

Communities/government can establish establish cooling centres, plant trees including artificial forestation and educate residents on ways to protect themselves by drinking plenty of water.  In general, the government should conduct awareness programmes and also find out which geological locations are at risk and prepare before hand with the help of climate forecast. Infrastructure such a roads and buildings should be upgraded with proper facilities to combat climate conditions. The government should also collaborate with community partners to set up health-focused air quality alert systems.These are a few ways in which we can help overcome the adverse effects of climate change taking place, nowadays."
 


Ritwik Bakshi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ritwik

"Climate is the critical factor for the lives and livelihoods of people and socio-economic development as a whole, but the changing climate will have consequences for all. On the banks of the Ganga (Ganges) in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Here, in Varanasi most of the people rely on groundwater that is regulated by holy river Ganga. Due to frequent disposal of garlands, sewage inflow, industrial waste, animal carcasses, unclaimed human dead bodies, and nearly all other kind of biodegradable and chemical wastes, the water quality is greatly harmed. Meanwhile, the municipality extracts most of the water from the Ganga which every household in Varanasi uses as its primary source. The water quality due to the aformentioned reasons gets worse and, thus, this leads to water borne disease such as amoebic dysentery, gastroenteritis, tape-worm infestations, typhoid, cholera etc that can all be exacerbated by the higher temperatures and flooding of climate change.

Frequent emissions from diesel generators, vehicles, nearby factories etc. have worsened the air quality as well. Rapid constructions have decreased the number of trees in the near surroundings due to which natural air filtration has almost vanished, leading to a higher number of airborne diseases in children, the elderly, and youth as well, most commonly asthma.

The government should take steps like: 1). compulsory mixing of 20% ethyl in petrol and 20% biodiesel in diesel 2). compulsory use of CNG (compressed natural gas) in buses and trucks 3). compulsory PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificates. Abiding with these steps, our government and ourselves on an individual level can reduce pollution and prevent the adverse effect of climate change on us and on our society as whole."
 


Satya Pratim Talukdar (24), Guwahati, Assam

Satya

"Climate change has emerged as the most pressing global challenge of the 21st century. Today, there is an increase in understanding that climate change goes beyond political boundaries and affects the whole global population at large. Despite the fact that climate changes are appearing everywhere and are very common, its impacts are felt differently by different groups of people. Developing countries, with their low adaptive capacities, are highly likely to be harmed by climate induced tragedies. Assam state (in India), for instance, is extremely vulnerable to climate change due to both its geographic proximity to the delta region and poor socio-economic conditions. This vulnerability is reflected in the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of the local population to climate extreme events such as floods. It gets annual floods whose severity has risen due to adverse climatic conditions. According to the State Action Plan for Climate Change, the annual mean temperature in the state has increased by 0.59 degree Celsius over the last 60 years (1951 to 2010), and is likely to increase by 1.7-2.2 degree Celsius by 2050. Climate projections in the state action plan also predict that extreme rainfall events will increase by 38%. Around 32% of Assam’s population lives below the poverty line and, further, the majority of this population is dependent for its income on agriculture, which in turn is highly dependent on climatic factors such as precipitation and weather, and is frequently disrupted due to damage from floods. One can imagine the result of low incomes and high prices in the state in the face of events such as floods. The state has also lost visibly large tracts of land due to erosion over the last century. Climate change is even endangering the abundant tea plantations and the animals of the Kaziranga National Park (famous for its One-Horned Rhinoceroses); both of which are synonymous with Assam. Apart from the economic loss, the effect of climate distortion can also be seen on the population’s health and wellbeing.

The State government must implement a robust, holistic and transformative plan which requires inclusion of wider issues such as climate induced migration and conflict, which is particularly pertinent to the state and has a wide socio-economic implication. Economic forecasting along with mapping of climate change trends will aid in the planning and implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures throughout the state, helping it cope with the projected effects of climate change. The state government also must address the issues of sustainability of agricultural systems, energy sufficiency and efficiency, and enhanced impacts on health, among other issues."
 


Satyam Katiyar (21), Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh

Satyam katiyar

"In India climate change brings disease and highly impacts rural areas. The government should take steps in highly effective areas like addressing the water and electricity supply. In the rainy season, many areas get affected by floods. It also effects marine life. The government should take steps to take care it before it gets out of control.

In India most of the metro cities also suffer from climate change, like Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi . When its come to rain, most of the time Mumbai and Chennai are affected .

In the summer, some areas do not have enough water to drink. The farmers are also affected."
 


Shantanu Dubey, Madhya Pradesh

"The impacts of climate change include warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increases in the frequency or intensity of some extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. These impacts threaten our health by affecting the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the weather we experience. As the average warmer temperatures will lead to hotter days and more frequent and longer heat waves, there will be more exposure to extreme heat which leads to heat stroke and dehydration, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, and cerebrovascular disease to humans. Changes in the climate affect the air we humans breathe both indoors and outdoors. Warmer temperatures and shifting weather patterns can worsen air quality, which can lead to asthma attacks and other respiratory and cardiovascular health effects. Also, people are being exposed to higher levels of ground-level ozone, creating greater risk of dying prematurely or being admitted to the hospital for respiratory problems.

I recommend that political action change laws and regulations that relate to climate change.Carbon pricing methods, such as a carbon tax or an emissions trading system, are favoured by many economists as the most efficient and effective means to reduce GHG emissions.(i) protecting the poor and vulnerable sections of society through an inclusive and sustainable development strategy, sensitive to climate change; (ii) achieving national growth through ecological sustainability; (iii) devising efficient and cost-effective strategies for end use Demand Side Management; (iv) deploying appropriate technologies for both adaptation and mitigation of greenhouse gases emissions; (v) engineering new and innovative forms of market, regulatory, and voluntary mechanisms to promote sustainable development."
 


Shijin Varghese (27)

"Climate Change is a major issue happening. In our area, floods and landslides occur only because of human activity. Regulations should be more strict and the follow-up very thorough. Also, people should be aware and they should not damage the natural resources."
 


Shivam singh chauhan (23), Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Shivam

“Like world is fighting for COVID-19, in the same way or more we have to fight and take actions for climate change. For centuries we have been harming our earth and its high time that we cleanup what we have done. Climate change has affected my surroundings badly. Not only do we lack clean water to drink because of the chemical industry, uneven rainfall is also another issue for poor and lower class people in my city. Action should be taken immediately. What we can do as youth, we can raise our voices and sign petitions asking government address the issues such as shutting down harmful facilities.”  

 


 

 


Shivangi Sharma, Uttar Pradesh

"I remember those days of my childhood when I saw the sky at night and it was full of stars, but after a decade when I now see the same sky, I find a grey layer over it because of pollution. We found this problem everywhere, from the ground water level to air quality. What we inhale everyday is contaminated. One more problem that arises is climate change. The climate is rapidly changing. We are developing cities and countries at the cost of the environment. Some vital impacts are as follows:

• Temperature is continuously rising.
• The Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice free in summer before midcentury.
• Continuous rise in sea level.
• Ocean acidification is a major issue for marine life.
• Extreme weather events.

 Our government can take small initiative to control climate change though:

• Promoting public transportation and using sustainable transport facilities to control fossil fuel emissions.
• Increase awareness about reduce, reuse and recycle.
• Plant more trees in public places.
• Avoid unnecessary deforestation for development projects.
• Increase the facilities of sustainable electricity generation."
 


Shubham Parihar (24), Kawardha, Chhattisgarh

Shubham

"Issues: Air pollution causes toxic air, leading to asthma, eczema, psoriasis or acne. This also forces people to buy air filters and to wear unwanted masks. Poorly planned festivals may lead to traffic jams and more smog. Unsafe river embankments can result in floods sweeping away houses. Farmers are facing unpredictable rain patterns, causing severe losses to crops and forests.

Solutions: Automobile- Subsidising EVs, raising tarriffs on petrol-diesel vehicle to change people's choices and preferences. Industry- Carbon emission tax and a waste material dumping tax should increase substantially enough to stop misuse. Poultry- 'main cause of methane emission' so, by increasing taxes on poultry products, the industry's affects will be minimalized and the generated funds can be used for establishing new environmentally healthy businesses. Invest in the research and development of thorium power plants and cut usage of nature resources such as coal, crude oils etc. Introduce new air cleaner towers in metro cities such as Delhi and Mumbai to reduce pollution. Open recycling facilities and control all waste from cities. Open a new government Climate Department to fight everywhere climate change across the country."
 


Sourik Das, Kolkata, West Bengal

"Climate action is just what the doctor ordered. And we mean that quite literally. Medical professionals have increasingly been sounding the alarm about the risks and consequences of continually burning fossil fuels. Here’s the problem. The same dirty fossil fuel emissions that contribute to the greenhouse gas effect can lead to respiratory diseases – such as asthma – in children and adults. There’s really no place like home. But for many living in coastal communities, sea-level rise could lead to an unwanted (and sudden) move. No two people in this world are exactly the same. But there’s something that we all do, regardless of our culture, language, or personality. We all eat. So it’s hard to ignore the impacts of climate change on food.The same CO2 accumulating in our atmosphere, thanks to fossil fuels, is actually changing the composition of fruits and vegetables that we eat, making them less nutritious.

Climate change is not only hitting close to home – it’s knocking on the front door and demanding to come in. But we’re not going to let that happen. We know a lot about the climate crisis and we know how to fix it: by switching to cleaner sources of energy and reducing carbon emissions among other things. The government must:

PROTECT AND RESTORE KEY ECOSYSTEMS- Respect for nature is fundamental. Governments must protect ecosystems key to the fight against climate change such as rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and mangroves, absorbing large quantities of carbon and slowing warming. Mangroves also serve as a barrier against tropical storms, and wetlands absorb excess water from floods, which are both extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

SUPPORT SMALL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS- According to the FAO, the meat industry is responsible for 15 to 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, exceeding even those of the transportation sector. In addition, it is the most significant source of water use and contamination in the world. Today, 80 percent of all agricultural production goes toward feeding animals and not people. The expansion of land for livestock, and the crops to feed them, is the most significant cause of deforestation in the Amazon for example.

PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY- Thirty-five percent of all global emissions come from energy production. But as countries bet on more development, they’re also betting on more energy production. 

COMBAT SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS- CO2 is the most infamous greenhouse gas. Since it remains in the atmosphere for centuries (even millennia), even if we stopped all its emissions sources today, the effects of climate change would continue. The good news is that other contaminants exist that contribute to climate change and only last a few days or years in the atmosphere. They’re known as short-lived climate pollutants, and they’re responsible for 30 to 45 percent of the emissions that cause global warming.

BET ON ADAPTATION, NOT JUST MITIGATION- In the fight against climate change, work aimed at reducing emissions, stopping their effects and diminishing future consequences is known as mitigation. It is important. However, some communities are already experiencing tragic consequences due to changes in the climate over a short period of time. So we also must act to prevent catastrophes, increase resilience, and reduce vulnerability, which is known as adaptation. Save energy. Take a look at the labels on your appliances, and never leave them on standby. Always adjust the thermostat for heating and air conditioning. By being careful how we use home appliances, we can save energy and, of course, money at the end of the month. Put the 3 R's of sustainability into practice Reduce: consume less, more efficiently. Reuse: take advantage of second-hand markets, to give new life to items that you don't use anymore or find something that someone else has gotten rid of that you need. You'll be saving money and reducing your consumption. Bartering is also a practical solution. Recycle: packaging, waste from electronics, etc."
 


Suraj Mishra (24), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Suraj

"Climatic change has become a global concern over the last few decades. As I am a resident of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, climatic change is having various impacts on the ecosystem and ecology.

Due to rising pollution, and changes in rainfall, agriculture will be affected most and a number of species of plants have gone extinct.

The government needs to start researching climate change more and come to know that the earth's temperature is rising due to a phenomenon called the greenhouse effect. The warming up of earth surface affects our agriculture, water supply, transportation, and several other problems."


 


Tino Mary Thomas (28), Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Tino Mary Thomas

"Climate change and its concerns are not heard by the middle and low class societies. A louder voice and enhanced awareness would enable, even the rag pickers, to fend to climate change and its effects. Effects of environmental destruction are not the prime concern of those whose professions are not associated with it. Hence, they do not think of effects that climate change can have on them and are unaware of that which provides for their well-being, the environment (which we economize), is under high risk. People are unaware that they indirectly contribute to environmental destruction. Awareness has to be made from grassroots levels, where the impacts, though quite minimal, account for a large number of population. Though there are many such initiatives, but the progress is slow. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a unique opportunity to appreciate what we have and to protect it."

 

 


 


Tridib Nandan, Kolkata, West Bengal

"Climate change in today’s world is a big concern. It has serious impacts and affects nature and the environment to a great extent. As time goes by, human beings are upgrading, creating and discovering. Industrialization, globalization and urbanisation are the main reason behind the drastic change in the climate nowadays. The opening of new industries and factories results in more production. More production, however, leads to more waste products being generated. Factories release some of their waste products through the air. For example, gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, carbondioxide, etc. get mixed up in the atmosphere, leading to a rise in temperature. These gases can also destroys the ozone layer, which results in effects on temperature patterns.

Depletion of the ozone layer also results in the entry of harmful radiations of the sun onto the earth which causes several diseases to human beings and it can also contribute to fatality. Even the gases from various types of transport and gases from refrigerators and air conditioners at our home have also contributed in depleting the ozone layer. Burning of fossil fuels also results in the emission of carbon black into the atmosphere whose particles are so small that it can enter one's body and then into our blood stream with ease through the walls of the lungs. These cause serious diseases, specially in elderly people, like cancer.

Global warming is the reason why cities like Delhi and Kolkata experience abnormal temperatures during the summer season. Temperature in these cities cross 40 degrees and stay like that for many days. Even temperatures during the winter season have also increased. This is also the reason people of such areas experiencing tornadoes and hurricanes. A warm atmosphere also leads to the melting of ice and glaciers in the Arctic or Antarctic zones, resulting in the rise in sea levels that will hamper coastal regions all around the world. Also, change in climate temperature leads to a change in wind patterns, which helps in bringing rain and snow to several places. That is why we experience unnatural and unpredictable climates. If we do not take certain serious measures against climate change, it will hamper our very own future generations through issues relating to water and food, health risks, and so on.

So, to reduce this climate change, the government should impose various rules and regulations on the most affected cities by climate change. For example:

1. The people should be made aware of climate change and its drastic effects that will hamper human life in the future.

2. The government should focus on alternative sources of energy like hydropower, biomass, solar power, geothermal, wind power, and so on.

3. The government should encourage people to use more bicycles or battery operated bikes, auto rickshaws and busses for transport.

4. The government should encourage people to plant more trees and to reduce deforestation. As forests are very important in controling the climate on earth, the government must encourage afforestation.

5. The government can issue pollution permits for every factory that emits pollutants into the environment. This basically involves giving the firm a legal right to pollute a certain amount into the atmosphere.

So, to conclude, we all should contribute to reduce pollution so that we give our future generation a chance to lead a healthy life." 
 


Utkarsh Vashishtha, Uttar Pradesh

"Some important impacts of climate change are as follows:

• The average global temperature rise over the next 100 years is expected to be high.
• The Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice free in summer before midcentury.
• Loss of arable lands.
• According to WHO and the American Medical Association, there are more chances of pandemics and animal born disease due to climate change.

Recommended actions that would be taken by the government to combat climate change. Our government can take small initiative to control climate change through:

• Avoiding unnecessary deforestation for development projects.
• Increasing the facilities of sustainable electricity generation.
• Promoting water management techniques to citizens.
• Promoting carpooling in big cities.
• Increasing awareness about reduce, reuse and recycle."
 


YWater (Youth Organization)

"The Climate Crisis has emerged as one of the most crucial generational issues facing us as mankind  today. The impact it has and will have on the generations to come is largely unforeseen and that is what is scary about it. 

Rising concerns about the  potential social, economic and environmental impacts of greenhouse gases have led to major debates at a global level about the possible mitigation and adaptation strategies that nations should undertake to help them transition to a low carbon development pathway.

The problem is a collective one and if we choose to not act collectively, we are certainly doomed. 
What we fail to see is that every action we take has a direct impact on the climate and the burden of change is on us. The cutting down of forests in the name of development  like in the case of Arrey forest in Mumbai which has got a green signal for a metro construction project or mining of coal from the forests in Madhya Pradesh which has led to extensive loss of green cover.

India is extremely vulnerable to the climate impacts, for example increase in temperature can damage crops threatening food security or rise in sea level could submerge for coastal areas like Mumbai.  But, India is also now a major contributer to green house gases, being the 4th largest gloabl emitter.  

The time to act is now and we need to be shouting and demanding positive climate action. As an organisation YWater is focused on collecting these voices and is working to amplify them so we can be stronger as a collective while demanding climate justice."

Youth from Indonesia


Fithriyyah (23), Pontianak City

"The government should be more aware of the climate change trend issues that happening in the world, not only working through the local challenges but also participating in a regional and international scope. Climate change is multi-sectoral problem, not only about the environment but relating as well to health, economy, education too. In my observation, policy is made to only see climate change as independent problem, but actually it is not. If the policy maker can elaborate more, then the policies should be cross-sectoral and would be comprehensive. Then, there should be a two way interaction between environmental activist/advocate and policy maker to have knowledge transfer. So, both parties are know what the same red-line they need to work on together."

Youth from Malaysia


Yong Yi Ching (21), Perlis

"Our country, Malaysia, has very rich rainforest resources. However, one of our main exports is palm oil. Undeniably, this is the main income contributing to the economy. On the contrary, deforestation will be carried out to plant the oil palm trees. It sounds sad because it brings contradictory effects to our hometown. Thus, I hope our government would plant more trees to mitigate this situation. Moreover, I am living in Perlis which is the smallest and the least developed state in Malaysia, the obvious thing that I could experience due to climate change is heavy rain that brings detrimental consequences in the form of flash floods. The sewage system in my residential area is so vulnerable in the face of the threat of flash flood. Many of our belongings and furniture will be damaged due to the flooding that overwhelms us abruptly. So, I wish there to be a policy aimed to improve the sewage system to protect the citizens living in the suburban areas as they are living peacefully with the environment and they need to be seen."

Youth from Nepal


Sushmita Karki, Kathmandu

"Nepal, already being one of the least developed countries in the world, struggles to combat the negative impacts of climate change. Increased flooding, temperature, and disease impact all social, economic, and political aspects of Nepal. How can we save the remaining forest areas? How can we protect the local communities from being the victim of floods? How can we control landslides? We must formulate plans and allocate budget and resources for specific plans. We must engage youth by organising workshops, letting youth directly participate in projects. Implementation is more important than advocacy! Let’s save what we have and then focus on building something new!"

Youth from Pakistan


Muhammad Talha Khan (23) 

"First of all, in my country, the majority of the people are unaware of climate change and they are contributing to it unintentionally. The Government, meanwhile, is unable to make stable policy regarding climate change. Second, we are still using vehicles that generate sulphur while most of our refineries still don't comply to even euro2 standard of gasoline and diesel. Policy making is the key to tackle climate change."

Youth from Papua New Guinea


Daisy Margaret Parascos (25)

"Rising sea levels are now a major issue in our country. I write on behalf of Milne Bay Island communities. Milne Bay Province is the biggest maritime province and most people live out on the far-flung islands and rarely gets visited by government organizatiosn to educate and raise awareness on such issues and their negative impacts. So, my appeal to policy makers is to come down to local settings and try to get their views and to actually see the real impacts and effects of rising sea level. I am currently advocating for marine conservation as the sea is our garden and protecting it will mean the generation after me will benefit."
 


Jessie Ketan (27)

"I would like the policy makers of my country to write workable policies that safeguard indigenous people from climate change and its effects.  

Awareness programs must be carried out efficiently so that climate change becomes a concern to our people for today and the future. 

Climate change is a serious issue and must be given priority when addressing it. Our small islands in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are experiencing rising sea levels and are finding it difficult to survive, land in PNG belongs to the people and when relocation exercises occurs, victims find it hard to settle in the new resettlement areas hence our government must work with our local people to reserve land for such relocation purposes. 

Something need to be done soon and not later."
 


Joe Harry (28)

"Climate change is a monster that needs to be controlled well and hunted down by every citizen of any nation. It cannot affect single country but the entire global village. 

The policy makers and politicians really need to make it their responsibility to take policies regarding climate change seriously at this time. We cannot continue to live and consume and do things to expand and grow our economy but we must be very careful about our actions.

Climate change is for real and better policies are needed to be integrated into our development policies."

Youth from Spain


Paloma Abad (25)

"We are not doing enough. Spain is a country with a lot of sun, how is it possible that solar panels for renewable energy are not encouraged but people who wants them bump into enormous hazards?"

Youth from Thailand


Gareth Billingham, Bangkok

"My name is Gareth. I am an International student from South Africa. I have studied in South Africa, Norway, and am currently in Thailand studying International Relations and Global Affairs.

Climate change has greatly impacted my family and I in many ways. My mother and I, for example, are extremely sensitive to car fumes, smoke, and dust which is ever so present within our community in Thailand. Due to the large amounts of crops that are harvested in Thailand, there is also a burning season whereby the crops are burnt and an enormous amount of smoke hovers over the city for months until the first rainfall arrives. This burning season is a difficult time for all of us as we have to withstand the heat while wearing masks, we all incur large bills due to us never wanting to leave the house, and our fitness and health routines become completely lopsided. I do believe however that because of the current COVID-19 situation, and the halt of all non-essential tasks and travels, many individuals and companies have realised that what they where doing before, which caused an abundance of air pollution, was simply not necessary. We can see this in the huge drop of CO2 levels since the pandemic began. Quarantine and ‘stay at home orders’ have opened eyes around the world and has made everyone realise that a change needs to be made with all the non-essential, harmful actions that businesses have been taking.

I personally have never seen the air so clear in the north of Thailand as it is right now with everybody staying at home. It is a sad reality how the world must come to a complete standstill for the earth to heal, however it has brought to light how much damage we humans are doing in our daily lives. I recommend that we, as the newer generations should take this time to look at the self-healing currently occurring and then look at all non-essential travels and production that have been stopped. If we look at this, we will start to realise that we have been doing things wrong, and the way tasks are carried out today, no matter how strenuous, actually turns out to be more beneficial then our ‘normal’ way of life."


Krerkkrai Songin (25), Bangkok

"Climate change should be treated as an urgent issue. Our economy is based on many unsustainable use of resource and rapid change could pose a threat or interrupter to the well being of the economy. However, changes are needed for the long-term survival of our society and species. As impacts of climate change are getting more and more severe, changes are needed to start action now. Strong leadership from the government and private sectors is needed for leading people towards a sustainable future. I believe more investment in sustainable replacements for our unsustainable production of food and energy should be done and taken seriously. With this vital economic change, we might need to reconsider our structure of supply chain for it to be possible. We must dissolve the demand for unsustainable way of life and encourage the sustainable one to create more sustainable supply. This means we need to start working on our economic structure along with the mind of the people right now."


Ratchanon Ghogar, Bangkok

"Climate change is usually portrayed as having major macro-level impacts. For example, natural disasters such as floods, drought, tornadoes etc. are usually a result of climate change, where the climate or weather in a certain area is no lnger the same as before. These, no doubt, do affect me if I am in an area struck by such calamities. The flooding in Bangkok in 2011 saw my house being filled with knee-deep water and it caused quite a toll on me and my family. People living in our community were also severely affected as we all had to evacuate the place and reside in other places until the water level went down. We had to travel by boat to get in and out of the community, which was quite a shock to me as I had never seen such scenes before in my life, let alone imagined it. It was especially difficult for the elderly to cope with the flooding.

Besides major disasters, extreme and unpredictable weather has a huge toll on the health of the body. Many people in my family and community, including myself, fall ill more often than before because of the sudden changes in weather. Such drastic weather changes does ruin plans and stresses the body and the mind. 

Increases in pollution of different kinds – air, water, noise, light etc – can be attributed to climate change. To curb the levels of pollution, the government could impose bans or restrict polluting the environment. For example, banning plastic bag use, fining those who litter in public, seizing vehicles that produce carbon monoxide smoke. These measures could be done and are actually being done at some level in Thailand. However, I feel like the solution to climate change will not come through just changing the public, as it is difficult to educate everyone about it. Going after the source would make more sense. For example, banning companies from producing plastic bags and toxic waste that pollute the environment, taxing factories and corporations for polluting, and taking firm action against big corporations that contribute to polluting the environment should be the government’s priority."

 

Additional Material


Snapshot: Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019


Asia-Pacific Climate Week: Snapshots 


Group Statement

 

I am Climate Justice


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7th Asian Youth Forum


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Climate actions: what are youth doing for climate change

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Views from the AYF

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