Climate change and health

Climate change and health

Climate change endangers not only the environment that surrounds us, but also the health of people. We tell you how its effects affect our health and how to fight it.

The international community began to become aware of the need to protect the environment in the late 1980s. In 1992, the first step was taken to stop pollution and promote sustainable development, with the approval of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Five years later, the well-known Kyoto Protocol was incorporated into this agreement, whose main objective was to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by at least five percent between 2008 and 2012.

After that period, the last United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Doha (Qatar) has shown, not only that the goals of the Kyoto Protocol is still far from being met, but also that there is no unanimity regarding the measures that They must be adopted. In that summit it has been agreed to extend the objectives of that agreement until 2020, without the support of several of the most polluting countries, such as Japan, Russia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States, which has never ratified the document.

For their part, thousands of non-governmental organizations, private institutions, entities and social movements carry out multiple actions to stop climate change . For this propose measures such as:

Some countries have already launched initiatives in this direction, but in general terms it seems that the efforts are still too timid to avoid leaving a dramatic climatic heritage to future generations.

What can you do to stop climate change?

The care of the environment is not only a matter of agreements between governments. There are millions of small actions that you can carry out in your daily life to reduce pollution levels and thus contribute to curbing climate change . Many times, it’s just a matter of responsibility and common sense. For example, with little effort, you can contribute to this with these simple measures:

They are behaviors that cost nothing, but with the sum of all they will make planet earth a more livable place.

  • The use of renewable energies
  • The sustainable expansion of cities.
  • The consumption respectful with the environment.
  • Recycling policies .
  • The efficiency at the time of producing.
    • Use energy saving light bulbs at home.
    • Put the heating at a safe temperature.
    • Use public transport for your travels.
    • Recycle the containers.
    • Do not leave the lights of the rooms on.

Author: Ricardo Chavez

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