Climate activism from the past to the future
Air pollution and climate activism take center stage
This month marks some big anniversaries in the world of environmental activism as Greenpeace turns 50 and the World Wide Fund for Nature turned 60. But in the decades since these organisations formed environmental activism and society’s attitude towards it have changed dramatically. In this month’s EGU blogs guest blogger Arindam Roy shares his experiences of working with people from across the world on climate issues and places the change of the environmental movements of the 60s and 70s into context with climate activism today and how it will need to continue to evolve into the future. “Climate change is a global issue but it requires building local resilience.” he says, “Advocacy for mitigation by cutting emissions is great; but the next generation of climate activism will also need to focus on the adaptation part, especially in climate-vulnerable countries in the Global South.” Read more here.
On the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, Atmospheric Sciences Division Early Career Scientist representative Mengze Li provided his perspective about the role of atmospheric science and the future work of the Atmospheric Sciences Division. Craig Poku from York University, also gave a special EGU webinar on Air Pollution and the impacts that climate change will have on urban air quality. “Around the world there are around 7 million deaths per year from poor air quality, roughly,” says Craig, “but because air pollutants come from so many different sources, its a complicated problem.” Watch the full webinar here.