Climate change: read, listen, act
Climate change is happening, and here’s what you can do about it
- By: Amy Carson, Sarah Walpole, Hugh Montgomery
Climate change is fact, not opinion; and the need to take action has never been more apparent. The Copenhagen United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2009 marks a critical window of opportunity. At this conference legally binding agreements will be made between countries to replace the Kyoto protocol, the current treaty for the reduction of greenhouse gases. This is a chance for us to act together and advocate change, with health benefits for people around the world.
The national science academies of several countries have released a statement that we are to blame for current climate change and that we must take urgent action.1 In 2006 the American Association for the Advancement of Science stated that the “scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.”2 This fact is confirmed categorically by the Intergovernmental