Burning fossil fuels is stupid and will seriously mess with your future. Top climate scientists from around the world warn that "continued high fossil fuel emissions today place a burden on young people to undertake massive technological CO2 extraction if they are to limit climate change and its consequences". They calculate that the costs to your generation will be around $500 trillion!!! Aaugh! So is there nothing you can do? Well yes there are (at least) 12 ways of getting active on climate change. You need to get started because its YOUR FUTURE! (July 2017)
At the United Nations climate conference (COP 21) in Paris on 12 December 2015, the world's nations made history. At long last, they had reached a fair deal to limit climate change. Things were looking good, at last. But now (June 2017), the USA — the world's second biggest polluter — pulled out of the deal. Other world leaders were horrified but now, led by China and the European Union, they seem more than ever determined to stick to the 2015 deal. It looks like the USA, under President Donald Trump's leadership, will lurch backwards by supporting polluting fossil fuels for short -term gain. Sadly, this not only makes the future look more difficult for today's kids. It also means that the USA will likely lose its lead in renewable energy technologies. These are the future.
A lot of things have happened since the 2015 climate change summit in Paris.
none so blind as those that will not see and
none so deaf as those that will not hear
This seems to be the approach to climate change of the new American president, Donald Trump and his government. They don't believe that climate change is happening and that it is caused by the pollution people create when they burn fossil fuels like coal and oil. This is the message that the vast majority of scientists from all around the world want governments to take seriously as more and more evidence pours in. Science says quite clearly that the world is getting hotter, faster than it has done for well over 50 million years. Because of the overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is occurring and is caused by human pollution of the atmosphere, almost all countries in the world — including the USA — agreed at an important summit in Paris 2015 to do something to slash pollution from burning fossil fuel. At last, it seemed people were coming to their senses and were ready to do something serious to combat global warming. Things were looking good until the election of Donald Trump who, true to his campaign promises, has set about reversing all America's plans to reduce pollution. This would not matter so much if America was a small country. But it isn't. It's a huge country which uses more fossil fuel than any other except China. But China is doing something about global warming. It is now the biggest producer of renewable energy technologies in the world and is actively moving away from fossil fuels. So while America goes back to polluting fossil fuels, ignoring the advice of its own scientists , China and many other countries are forging ahead to a world powered by renewable energy. There is no alternative if today's 6.5 billion humans are to survive and prosper. Mr Trump and his administration are going to leave a terrible mess for today's kids to cope with because they chose to look away.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.
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The tiny spoon-billed sandpiper is critically endangered because of what people are doing along its migration route between Russia, via China to Bangladesh. But 500 children from schools along the little birds' flyway got together and did something rather wonderful to help 'spoonie'. Click the bird image to find out more..
These amazing kids make music from trash. They live in a slum in Paraguay (South America) next to a huge garbage dump, the source of the trash they use to make musical instruments. As they learn to play their instruments, they join their own orchestra. They are so good that they now give concerts in many different countries. Click here for video So could you make music from trash?