As our planet warms, damaging weather events such as cyclones, floods, droughts and heatwaves will occur more frequently and with greater intensity. These events can cause widespread destruction as well as wiping out entire crops.
Most families living in developing countries depend on the environment for their livelihood. The impacts of climate change will mean increased crop failures, loss of livestock, dwindling fisheries as well as damage to soil and biodiversity, essential for food production.
Longer and more intense droughts, evaporation of existing water sources because of higher temperatures, and changes to rainfall patterns will all result in reduced access to clean and safe drinking water in developing countries.
As temperatures climb, mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever may increase as the insects extend their range to new, warmer locations. Reduced access to clean water will mean families must drink from unsafe sources, risking illness from water-borne diseases.
When Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on February 20th 2016, 53 people lost their lives. In places like Kiribati, a whole generation of children are being forced to consider what happens in their future when the sea levels continue to rise. More and more, climate change is a global problem. But right now, our neighbours in the Pacific are being hit the hardest.
Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries on our planet. Between flooding, tropical cyclones, storm surges, food shortages and drought, children are living in a severe and harsh environment. In places like Bogra, Bangladesh, students frequently go to school via floodwaters. With a changing climate, the flooding is only going to get worse.
Hundreds of thousands of children are suffering from malnutrition in South Sudan where famine was declared earlier this year, and millions more continue to face hunger every day. The country is facing a critical food security crisis, with an estimated 31% of the population not knowing where their next meal will come from. Malnourishment and famine are a direct result of climate change driven drought and poverty.
Talk about it. Government policy is the single most important influence over climate change regulation. You can talk to your local MPs, lobby government, sign petitions, and use social media to help move public opinion.
Reduce our carbon pollution. Right now, we’re on track to see global temperatures rise by up to 4°C by the end of the century. We must shift to a clean energy economy to build a sustainable future for all. You can help by leading by example.