According to Wikipedia, Climate Movement is the collective of different NGOs engaged in activities related to climate change. The climate substitution movement started in the 1990s when environmental organisations started to work together for climate change in accordance with the United Nations. The climate movement has been rapidly growing ever since. Concending to the climate change performance index 2020, Sweden led the ranking, following by Denmark and Morocco. The last three countries included US, Saudi Arabia and Chinese Taipei. change.
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The 2009 UN climate change conference was the first summit to create mass awareness of climate change. Around 100,000 people marched across Copenhagen on December 12. Apart from that, 5400 rallies and movements started simultaneously, all around the world for the purpose of climate change.
Who started the global climate change?
Greta Thunberg is a 17 year old girl who started the global climate change. In the summer of 2018 she started sitting outside the Swedish parliament for this purpose. On September 2019, she led the largest global climate movement in history. She has addressed the United Nations, US Congress, UK parliament and many more international platforms. She was also proposed for the Nobel peace prize in 2019. She has been featured in countless magazines and blogs all around the world. She was the 2019 person of the year in Time magazine.
Global activities related to climate change:
- People’s climate march 2014: The climate movement witnessed it’s largest single event in September 2014 when more than 400,000 New Yorkers protested in favour of climate change.
- Inspired by Greta Thunberg, students from 270 academic institutions took part in school strikes for the climate in 2018.
- Youth climate strike on March 15, 2019 included students from 47 different countries and more than 50 states, which rallied around the world for climate change awareness.
- Global climate strike: Between 20 to 27 September 2019, the world witnessed it’s largest climate mobilization in history when 7.9 million people took to the streets from 185 countries around the world for the cause of climate change.
- Fossil fuel divestment: This movement calls for colleges, schools, religious institutions, cities and states to withdraw their investments from fossil fuel companies.
Effects of climate change:
- From 1880 to 2012, the global heat has been increased by 0.85 degrees Celsius. To put this into perspective, one degree rise in temperature causes grain yields to decline by five percent.
- From 1901 to 2010 , global average sea level rose by 12 cm due to Global warming.
- 2019 was the second warmest year and 2010 to 2019 was the warmest decade.
- Global emissions of CO2 has been increased by 50% since 1990.
- There has been a recorded increase in natural disasters such as floods, droughts, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, etc. The main reason behind this is climate change.
How can we help in the climate change movement:
- Voicing our concerns through social media or better yet, directly to our elected officials.
- Powering our houses with renewable energy sources like solar power.
- Invest in energy-efficient appliances. When buying home appliances, look for the energy star labels. They show which appliances are the most efficient.
- Reducing water consumption by taking smaller showers, closing taps when brushing teeth, etc. Because it receives a lot of power to pump, heat and clean water.
- Do not waste food and try to make it more vegan.
- Use LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. They use less energy and are also cost effective.
- Drive cars that are fuel efficient, especially electric cars.
- Airplanes are a major source of climate pollution. Try traveling in trains if possible.
- Plant as many trees as possible to reduce greenhouse emissions.
- Reduce the use of plastics.