Climate Change – unaccc.org

 

So basically 1-3% of my Businesses include organization membership, otherwise over 90% is Business related and not political/ or should be not.

My friends know me as a conscientious person. Since I was a teenager in the JULIS I’ve been had a deep concern about the health of the planet, so the worldwide issue of climate change is very interesting to me. Climate change has the potential to be very disastrous to many different species of animals, plant life, and could even make the Earth much less comfortably habitable for humanity. One very concerning and frightening consequence of climate change is the possibility that it may become so destructive that it will threaten millions or even billions of people with famine and water scarcity. Naturally, this will precipitate a massive amount of human migration the likes of which very likely has never been seen.

The main cause of the rapid changes in the global climate is global warming, which is happening because of a reckless emission of greenhouse gasses, mostly carbon dioxide and methane. The source of carbon dioxide emissions is usually the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Methane on the other hand is very often produced through agriculture, such as large livestock animals such as cows and pigs. What happens is all these greenhouses gasses begin to trap more and more heat under the gas, which warms up the Earth.

There is undeniable scientific proof of this! Almost the entire Earth has increased in temperature on average by at least about 1 – 4 degrees Celsius (about 2 – 7 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last 50 years. I know that doesn’t seem like much but actually, it is incredibly significant, and dangerous. This warming is mostly occurring on landmasses, but more so than anywhere else it is happening at the North Pole.

One terrible consequence of the imbalances being created in the Earth’s climate is an increase in more extreme weather. Heatwaves are becoming much more intense, which causes more aggressive wildfires. Additionally, the increasing heat is causing glaciers to melt in mountains and in the Arctic, which is, in turn, causing the sea level to rise. This of course is particularly worrisome for island nations such as the Maldives and Tuvalu, which because of flooding and sea rise could one day lead to the entirety of their land being submerged!

The ocean also becomes warmer and more acidic, causing a significant amount of destruction to the ocean’s ecosystem. This has been killing coral reefs, which are the habitat of thousands of diverse species. Disrupting this ecosystem further and further every year has the potential to cause a disruption in the economy and livelihood of millions of people worldwide, not to mention the loss of animal life.

This is also causing areas of the world with wet weather to be even wetter, that is to say, that hurricanes, typhoons, and the monsoon season are also becoming much more extreme. One area of the world being affected in this way is in tropical regions like Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and of course India.

 

 

 

 

 

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One organization that I think has been very innovative and exemplary in the fight against climate change is the Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council (UNAccc). This is a think tank and research institute in Gujarat, a region in western India. The UNAccc is very enthusiastically engaged in developing a strategic framework for combating climate change in India, and naturally the whole world. Their main agenda is to identify low carbon growth opportunities and to design and implement plans to lower the carbon intensity of the economy at the macro and sectoral levels. I very much admire the work of Dr. Rajat Sharma, the Global Chairman of the UNAccc, and his efforts in creating more awareness and positive thinking about this emerging crisis. I’m also very much inspired by the work of Dr. Purnima Voria, Founder and CEO of the National US India Chamber of Commerce (NUICC) for her effective lobbying of President Modi, and her work communicating these issues to representatives in China, and the United States. Of particular importance was serving as an economic advisor to the Obama Administration.

Lets also have a great look at the Global Launching Ceremony of SDG WORLD LEADERS e-Magazine quickly.

 

I’ll be honest that I’ve always been fascinated by the culture of India. It seems among all the developing nations of the world their country does seem to take seriously the concerning danger presented to the Earth by climate change. In many countries around the world, the facts of climate change are often ignored or even completely denied. But in India, a much larger percentage of the population recognizes the importance of tackling this very concerning trend in the changes to Earth’s climate. That’s definitely something I admire about their culture.

While it’s true that much of the damage that’s been done may take decades to repair, it’s also the case that it’s not too late to change our behavior and become more Green. One very important step in the right direction is the increase in the investment in research of green energy sources, such as solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydroelectric energy. These sustainable sources of energy are rapidly becoming more and more effective and cheaper over the last 30 years. It’s encouraging to see that the tools to save the planet are finally becoming more popular and mainstream.

I think about Climate Change a lot. I am very hopeful that things will get better and things won’t actually end up being so bad. I try to stay optimistic about the future. I guess the least we can do is try our best to recycle and make green choices, and ideally, if we’re able to be vocal and politically active, that’s our best bet in spreading the message about the importance of fighting against Climate Change.

  

 

 

Some of UNAccc favourite quotes

  1. WE CANNOT CHANGE ANYTHING UNLESS WE ACCEPT IT – Carl Jung
  2. WERE EMPOWERING YOUNG ACTIVIST, GIVING THEM THE SKILLS TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSION AND TAKE ACTION – Shomy Chowdhury
  3. BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE. – Dalai Lama
  4. ECONOMIST GROWTH DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING, IF IT LEAVES PEOPLE OUT – Jack Kemp
  5. BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU ARE HALFWAY THERE.  – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. THE OCEAN IS A MIGHTY HARMONIST. – William Wordsworth