Climate change is a problem for the faraway future, right?

Nope. For generations, we have been thinking of the environmental crisis as being in the ‘distant future’. Now, the ‘future’ is upon us. You’ve heard about the deadly floods and landslides in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand as well as the devastating typhoons in the Philippines in recent years. All of these can be traced back to climate change.

According to the National Youth Climate Change Survey Malaysia in 2020 by UNDP and UNICEF with support from EcoKnights, nine out of 10 Malaysian youth have experienced environment and climate-related effects in the last three years. This includes haze, water pollution, floods and drought.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the world has only until 2030 to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C. If this goes higher, there’s a critical risk of global food scarcity, water stress, extreme heat, and natural disasters, among others (as if those aren’t terrible enough!).

We are the last generation to save our home from man-made climate crisis. Now is the time to act!

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