Children worldwide are urgently demanding meaningful action, not just any action, in the relentless fight against climate change. Their impassioned call for effective measures cannot be emphasized enough. Children have been urging local, regional, national, and global leaders to take decisive steps against the looming threat of climate change, which imperils the very future of humanity.
Climate change’s impact is felt by children across the globe, and it’s disheartening that governments often prioritize managing its consequences over finding long-term solutions. However, we must ask ourselves how much longer this approach can persist. Time is running out, and, in the battle between humanity and climate change, we’re winning on paper but losing on the ground. It’s disheartening to witness policies, international agreements, declarations, and more being enacted into law, yet duty bearers fail to implement them effectively. Children worldwide are frustrated with the never-ending summits, meetings, forums, and the minimal progress achieved. The time for making promises is over; now is the time to implement the solutions we discuss relentlessly.
Furthermore, it’s essential to remember that climate change isn’t a recent challenge. The earliest records of climate change awareness date back to the late 19th century. This demonstrates that the primary obstacle in our fight against climate change is not the absence of solutions but the failure to implement those we already have. One major reason for the slow progress in this fight is that governments often prioritize their economies. Tackling climate change often necessitates actions that may have adverse economic effects, potentially leading people into poverty. It’s a painful reality to confront, but it’s a small price to pay. We can either make sacrifices now and secure our future, or we can enjoy short-term benefits and endure long-term suffering.
In conclusion, we must recognize that the future is not some distant event; it is happening right now. There’s a famous proverb that says, “tomorrow never comes.” The future is already upon us, and we must act decisively and urgently.
Article by George Kande: Zambia