The UN’s top climate change official Patricia Espinosa has called on the world’s youth to be more proactive in protecting their future by taking climate action and standing up for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, above all at community level. Reaching out to youth is increasingly important for the United Nations and many other organizations that rely on the creativity and dynamism of young people to fill international agreements such as the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Global Goals with life.
People fly to the moon, they install equipment on Mars or distant planets, but no scientist was ever able to prevent a thunderstorm. How could one explain these unsettling light and thunder rumbles? Scientists know a bit of whatever it is that happens up there, but not everything, because thunderstorms are highly complicated.
Every day, we are fully immersed in the weather systems that surround us. Over sustained periods of time it is these same weather systems that lead, ultimately, to broader changes in our climate. Climate change, therefore, is just our everyday weather experiences colliding with a broader, global reality.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development everywhere and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable.
Urgent action to halt climate change and deal with its impacts is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).