To counter climate change, one of the steps to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals incorporates “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.”
These three aspects are umbrella terms used to describe what is needed for people to come together and solve the issues the world is having.
One of the biggest problems the world faces today is climate change. With the speed of climate change rapidly increasing to a point where the future of the world is in danger, this problem has become larger than what just one country or several individual countries can handle.
Global cooperation to combat climate change
Working together as a team is important for the survival of the world. Humans changed the world before as a whole, and we can change it again for the better of the people, animals and other life that exists on our planet.
Climate change is something that doesn’t have borders — it doesn’t see cultural, racial, or political difference. It’s something that affects the entire world and the only way to combat it is to do so as one global unit.
If humans can create a world where there is peace, justice and strong institutions, they can work together to combat this issue that is plaguing humanity.
Individual perspectives on climate change
Every person, regardless of cultural difference, cares about the world and relies on the planet’s survival.
Israeli Barak Manor says: “I believe it is very important to combat climate change and go green because we all live on this planet and need it to survive.”
Drew Tuemer, an Environmental Studies major from the United States, says: “Climate change is very real and something needs to be done to fix it. If we don’t change the way we live and do it together, the world will no longer exist as we know it today. Humans are capable of doing amazing things when we work together and now this amazing thing we can do is save our planet.”
These quotes are a testament to how this issue is important to different people all over the world and brings to light the issue of climate change.
If we don’t change the way we live and do it together, the world will no longer exist as we know it today.
During one particular United Nations Climate Change Conference in recent years, 170 of 197 parties ratified the Paris Agreement. This shows that the issue of climate change is important to a large majority of the people around the world regardless of national creed.
Peace, justice and strong institutions
With peace and justice between nations, people will be able to combat climate change together and confront, head on, one of the biggest issues humanity faces.
Humanity should grasp the reins of what will guide the Earth’s future sustainability, and for all unique creatures that partake in life alongside us. It’s our responsibility to claim fault for our past and present actions that have altered the natural growth and prosperity of life.
We’re all made of water
Humans are comprised of many things: emotions, bones, senses and flesh. However, 60 percent of our composition within our bodies is water. Around the world, we’re dumping and polluting the water we intake into our bodies.
Luckier countries have means of correcting this dilemma through mass filtration. The other end of the spectrum isn’t so lucky. On a whim, many of us have access to running water whenever we feel it fit.
Third-world countries have limited access to efficient water that meets the quota to survive. Some may have access to water, but the water they drink is filled with bacteria and other filthy contents. Drinking it extends the possibility of illness, or even in the worst case scenario, death.
For our brothers and sisters across the seas, we have to reach our hands down and offer aid to these countries in their fight for clean water. Again, find an understanding and join the battle by making a difference with the United Nations here, in your own hometown.
We’re liable for the outcome of our planet. Whether we destroy it, or choose to sustain it, that choice lay solely in our hands. Together, we can still make a difference. It’s not too late. Get educated about climate change and begin your stand.
— By ewageck