Empower communities and grassroots movements as agents of change. Enable locally adopted climate solutions, protect and restore nature and biodiversity, and recognise the nexus of climate change and health.
Air pollution and more frequent extreme weather events, such as storms, heatwaves, floods, or heavy rains, are increasingly affecting peoples’ health around the world. The relationship between climate change and health is often overlooked but is relevant to us all. Factoring impacts on health into how we see, and address climate change will allow us to design more resilient, effective, and holistic climate solutions.
Rural communities, small-scale farmers, women, youth, and indigenous peoples are among the groups most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, they are highly important for the effective protection of our climate. We need to listen to and tap into the profound knowledge of these groups and strengthen their capacities to support and implement climate solutions. By doing so, we also increase social and climate justice.
Be it forests, oceans, wetlands, or grasslands – ecosystems are not only home to our world’s biodiversity, but incredibly rich in stored carbon. However, threatened by land degradation and pollution, ecosystems globally urgently need more protection and restoration. To this end, we need to support solutions that address these issues holistically and create benefits for both climate and biodiversity, just as much as for the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods.
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