According to the Paris Agreement, global emissions must peak by 2020 and then start declining if we want to keep average global temperature increase under 2° Celsius. Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation and it’s critical that youth are involved because they will ultimately inherit the earth.
The Millennial Bloggers are based all over the world. They are innovators in entrepreneurship, journalism, education, entertainment, and academic scholarship. This month we ask them to share their perspectives on the fundamental changes across economies and society needed to combat Climate Change. Are there innovations and strategies we haven’t thought of yet that we need to consider?
“We can stop the chaos that we have created,” writes Salathia Carr. “The most important step we must teach is accountability. Accountability to our children so that they know that it is and will become their responsibility to care for the Earth.” Read: Yesterday, 60 Degrees — Today, a Snowstorm.
“Why not start to advocate for climate change in a relatable way?” writes Zita Petrahai. “Making grand statements and bold suggestions are helpful for those who can afford to make such lifestyle changes, however, this is not true for the vast majority of the world’s vast population.” Read: Climate Change Are We Really in This Together?
“We will not change our behaviors in my opinion,” writes Jacob Navarrete. “We need to devote considerable investment in new technologies. It is our only hope of avoiding dystopian deserts dreamed up in so many nightmares.” Read: I Feel a Change Ain’t Coming On.
“Applying gender lens to climate change adaptations and climate action is still on the fringes of discussion,” writes Bonnie Chiu. “As our world moves towards critical urgency to curb emissions, incorporating gender lens can maximize the impact of exciting solutions, as well as creating new ones.” Read: Gender Lens and Climate Action: The Ripple Effect.
“In order to be fully successful in achieving a drastic decline in global emissions, our societies need to invest more in advancing cost-effective and eco-friendly technology and people of all generations have to accept fundamental economic and societal changes in some areas of their traditional lifestyles,” writes Sajia Darwish. Read: Climate Change and the Youth.
“Education is key, educating the youth and future generations on why protecting the Earth’s environment is going to be beneficial in the long run,” writes Leslie Ma. “With new, innovative ideas coming out about how to reduce emissions, we need to teach the youth about the importance of their choices and how they can create an everlasting impact for the Earth’s future.” Read: Our Earth Our Choice.