April 2012: Youth and Climate Change: Where Are We?
Over the past 150 years, abundant scientific data has demonstrated that the earth’s climate has become warmer, and that the warming has been accelerating over the past two decades (Natural Resources Canada). In the 2011-2012 winter season, people in many parts of the world experienced an unusual winter. According to measurements taken at Toronto Pearson International Airport by Environment Canada, as of February 19, 2012, Toronto, Canada has only seen 29.8 centimetres of snow so far this winter (Mirsky, National Post). After unusually mild weather in December 2011 and early January 2012 almost all over Europe, the weather situation changed abruptly in the second half of January (World Meteorological Organization). An incursion of cold polar air coming from northern Russia brought a sudden cooling to almost the whole Eurasian continent (World Meteorological Organization). The cold air coming from the north also caused heavy snowfall over Algeria and other countries in Northern Africa (World Meteorological Organization).
It should be a fairly well-known fact by now that climate change is a serious global concern that needs to be addressed. But the issue should not be left only to the politicians and the powerful; instead, all citizens on the earth, regardless of age, gender, and race, should actively participate in solving the problem. Specifically, what are the youths’ voices concerning such a potential crisis? What role can youths around the world play, and how can youths contribute to finding feasible solutions to the undesirable phenomenon?
Understanding Climate Change by Ghatta A.Bah, Gambia
The Earth's atmosphere does the same thing as a greenhouse, which is used for growing crops in controlled climate conditions. In a greenhouse, the sun shines through the glasses, making the inside of the room t warmer and warmer as the day goes on. Only some of the heat can escape back outside and this keeps the greenhouse warm, even at night.
In our lower...
Love for Nature by Priya, India|
Fall in tune with nature
Wilderness' gentle pace
That teaches us to wait
For nature's surprises
Once you are in
Nature's gifts lie all around you
Waiting to be
There is no itinerary of
Highlights for you to tick off
Only soothing moments
For souls to search