European Youth Portal
Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.

Climate change

What's causing our climate to change, and what can you do to help protect our planet?

Human civilisation has been causing changes in weather patterns - the climate - for the last 100 years at least. When we burn coal, oil and natural gas to heat our homes, power our cars or generate electricity, that releases carbon dioxide gas (CO2). That gas then traps the sun's heat in the Earth's atmosphere, which is why it's called a greenhouse gas.

Another major greenhouse gas is methane, produced by millions of cattle on farms across the world....

Domino effect

Greenhouse gases exist naturally in the atmosphere, but as we produce more and more of them, the Earth is starting to get warmer. That is causing more dramatic weather like floods and violent winds, with devastating effects. It's also melting the polar ice-caps melt, which means  sea levels are rising. Global warming creates a domino effect,affecting mankind, plants and animals

Your lifestyle and climate change

What things do you do that add to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Find out by calculating your carbon footprint.

 

Embed video: Global Warming Infographic [http://vimeo.com/42529370]

 

What can I  do?

Plant a tree – Trees soak up carbon dioxide and so help reduce climate change. The billion tree campaign has planted one billion trees a year since 2006. The campaign is now run by the Plant-for-the-Planet children initiative, set up by schoolboy Felix Finkbeiner.  Watch Felix address the UN.

Turn off your lights – At 8.30pm on 2 March 2013  you can show your concern about our planet by simply turning off your lights. Hundreds of millions will be doing the same all over the world during Earth Hour. And save energy whenever, wherever and however you can.

 

Educate the next generation – Teach your younger brothers and sisters about climate change and encourage them to make a difference with these interactive games.

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Other Resources:

European Commission Climate Change website

United Nations Environment Programme on Climate Change

United Nations Climate Change Portal – Youth

Global Youth Movement on Climate Change

FAO Climate Change Portal – Youth

 


 [RB1]Websites appear to be aimed at Junior School age children, which doesn't fit with the rest of the page/whole project. The readership is unclear here. It's very unlikely that children aged 7/8/9 will be on the EU's "Youth portal"! Hence, in order to keep the websites in the article, I've added in "next generation" and "brothers and sisters" so that the readers, who are more likely to have younger siblings than children of their own, do not feel patronised.

 

Published: Wed, 13/11/2013 - 15:58


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