Social Dimensions of Climate Change | Sharmeen Tariq | TEDxBGTL Youth

Social Dimensions of Climate Change | Sharmeen Tariq | TEDxBGTL Youth

Climate Change and Its Impacts

  • Greenhouse gases regulate the Earth's temperature, but their increase leads to global warming.
  • Deforestation and burning fossil fuels significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The ocean absorbs 90% of atmospheric heat, resulting in increased evaporation, more significant precipitation events, and stronger storms.
  • Climate change causes more rain and droughts simultaneously due to altered weather patterns and soil degradation.
  • Pakistan's severe flooding displaced 33 million people, highlighting the vulnerability of marginalized communities.

Disproportionate Impact on Marginalized Communities

  • Climate change has shifted from an environmental issue to a social one, disproportionately affecting marginalized communities despite their minimal contribution to the problem.
  • Young leaders should consider long-term effects like droughts and water scarcity when making policies.

Lifestyle Choices and Environmental Consequences

  • Certain lifestyle choices, such as excessive meat consumption, single-use plastics, and disposable products, have negative environmental impacts.
  • Pakistan is experiencing water stress and is projected to face water scarcity by 2040, similar to Cape Town's "zero water day."

Solutions and Individual Actions

  • Promote solar and wind energy, reduce meat consumption, grow vegetables, and use less disposable plastic.
  • Pakistan has submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations, committing to reducing fossil fuel usage and promoting organic farming.
  • Individuals should make ethical and environmentally conscious choices, such as conserving water and reducing energy consumption.
  • Speak out against the climate crisis and use one's voice to influence positive change.

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