1. Why should I care about climate change?
Climate change affects each and every one of us. Its impacts are far-reaching, affecting potentially almost every aspect of our lives. Climate change has a direct effect on our health, our food and water sources, the air we breathe, and the weather we experience.
Climate change leads to extreme weather like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires and all the consequences these events carry with them. (link with detailed answer to this). Changing patterns of weather – more heat waves, droughts and altered precipitation patterns can lead to crop failures and food and water insecurity.
As climate continues to change, the risks to human health increase. For example, climate change promotes spreading vector-borne diseases as pests, such as mosquitos and ticks, expand their habitat and life cycles due to the rising temperatures. Allergy seasons are worsening, while the number of heart and respiratory health problems linked to the poor air quality and heat waves is increasing. This especially impacts certain parts of the population such as the elderly, children, and the poor.