Climate change is affecting every corner of the planet. Below are a few examples of actions against climate change taking place within each of six regions of the world.
In an effort to build resilience against climate change, several African nations are working with the European Union in an Against Desertification program. Funds and training aim at improving sustainable land management and restoring degraded land.
Scientists estimate that by 2100, rising seas will drown the Pacific Ocean nation of Kiribati. To forestall disaster, the Kiribati government has developed a migration policy for its 103,000 citizens and has purchased 20 sq. kilometers of land on the island of Fiji for the day when residents will have to leave their homes. For this story, go here.
It is said that no region of the world fights climate change harder that Europe. To find out the latest developments in European Union actions against climate change, go here.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that Indigenous cultures possess Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that can aid everyone in the fight against climate change. Read more about this developing partnership between the EPA and Indigenous people.
Scientists in Columbia who work for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have identified 30 “elite” lines of beans that show tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” These lines represent a major breakthrough in protecting a vital protein source for the poor against the climate change scenario of a 4-degree temperature rise. A reduction in bean production due to climate change will have catastrophic effects on world food access. However, some of the heat-tolerant lines identified by the CIAT team have undergone genetic improvement for increasing the beans' iron content. This raises the ethical question of whether GMO research like this is an acceptable way to address climate change-induced food shortages. Read the article and discuss this issue with your teacher and your class.
Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh is a women-centered initiative that helps communities adapt to climate change by addressing extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and flooding.
Questions to Consider
Imagine you are preparing to travel to a world region that you have never visited. You are taking the trip to learn about the effects of global climate change. Go on the web and learn about the impact of climate change in one of the countries of that region.
- When you arrive, what is the first question you want to ask the experts and activists from this country about their experience with climate change?
- If one of the experts asks you if your country also has a problem with climate change, how would you answer?