As the global climate crisis worsens, an increasing number of people are being forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters, droughts and other weather events. These people are sometimes called “climate refugees”. Who are these climate refugees? And how can the international community properly address this issue?
“Our big opportunity to look beyond what has always been and build a world that we can all thrive in.” A poem by Kumi Naidoo.
Data has shown that 40.5% of African youth respondents outlined digital inclusion as a particularly difficult challenge while 27.7% of respondents had challenges accessing reliable and affordable energy.
We can transform fear into empowerment but we need tenacity, entrepreneurship, resources and appropriate tools – as well as a commitment from all generations, argue marine ecologist Carlos M. Duarte and Russian model Ria Serebryakova.
THE FUTURE WE CHOOSE
It is 2050. As citizens and consumers, we have come together and chosen a new future. Through many actions – large and small – we have shown our leaders that we want a healthier and cleaner world. People everywhere understand that their actions signify the world they want to live in. Decisions on how we move, what we eat, and how we power our homes are seen as the building blocks of our collective future.
All over the world, schools, communities, sports clubs, universities, mom-and-pop shops joined the race to a healthier future, and our leaders listened. Consumers voting with their wallets saw businesses respond with ambitious commitments to social and environmental responsibility. Citizens petitioning their city mayors watched as they invested in jobs and industries aligned with our healthier, greener future. Everywhere, people feel empowered and inspired to speak up and participate in the creation of a better world.
Communities are at the heart of it all: we travel actively around towns and cities designed with people in mind, the air we breathe is fresh, and our plant-rich diets are healthy. Actions previously seen as isolated and individual are now the basis for collective solidarity and inspiration.
All around us, our favorite sports teams, cafes, our alma maters, cities, people and communities are playing their part. They recognise that a changing climate impacts us all and the things we love, and that we can come together and create our healthy and resilient future.
Count Us In sets out 16 practical steps each of us can take to protect what we love from climate change before it is too late. These steps, derived from experts at the UN Environment Programme, help each of us play our part. Count Us In’s mission over the next decade is to mobilize 1 billion people to take steps that when aggregated, will make a significant impact in reducing carbon pollution and challenge leaders to act boldly to deliver global systems change.
Giki Zero is your step by step guide to a lighter footprint on the planet. Giki combines a science-based carbon footprint calculator (that’s fun and easy to use!), with over 100 steps so you can find the right choices for your lifestyle and budget. Use it to understand, track and reduce your carbon footprint with personalised steps to plan out your own personal Race to Zero. Team up with others so you can work together to live more sustainably.