Food shortages, social disruption and riots. That’s the future 19-year-old Giovanni Tamacas envisioned during the 10 days he starved himself in the US capital in a hunger strike protest at the lack of action to thwart the climate crisis.
The Irish government’s climate action plan is designed to ensure the agriculture sector is prepared for future changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) focusing on sustainable food production, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said.
As a wave of public consciousness concerning the environment sweeps across Europe, African cities are hoping this will translate into greater equality when it comes to fighting climate change. One of those people calling for a fairer fight is the mayor of Accra, in Ghana.
The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last.
Of the thousands of people who blocked central London to demand action on climate change at the Extinction Rebellion protests last month, it was 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg who stood out as the movement’s figurehead.
The draft Irish government plan on responding to a warming world that potentially poses an existential threat to humanity sets out its ambition succinctly: “To make Ireland a leader in responding to climate disruption”.
Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.