Climate change is moving faster than us, and we are
out of time
WHAT IS THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
The rapid growth of the human population and industry has altered the natural processes of climate change at a dangerous rate. Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a type of greenhouse gas have been released into the atmosphere at dangerous rates and significantly warm the Earth's temperature.
The unsustainable human lifestyle in the economic system that is for the personal gain of giant corporate corporations, has caused CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to increase by 40% since the industrial revolution and is expected to worsen in the next few decades.
In the last few months, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has exceeded 400 ppm, a situation never seen in modern human history.
IMPACT ON MALAYSIA
In Malaysia, the effects of climate change are beginning to be felt in the form of heat waves. This increases the health risks associated with heat, pollution and death. The constant heat will see the destruction of biodiversity such as the death of coral reefs which are the 'keystone' habitat for marine life, which is a source of food for the people.
Rising temperatures of 1 ° C and above will lead to warming of the sea, melting of glaciers, rising sea levels and extreme and volatile climate
On land, the loss of virgin forests, the modification of land use systems and unsustainable urbanization also raise the local temperature as seen in Borneo which loses 50% of its forests. Sources of clean water supply will also be affected.
Melting of glaciers and ice cover is a major contributor to rising sea levels, leaving communities in coastal areas at risk of flooding. Loss of human settlement in this area will not only lead to higher urban migration rates, but it will also widen the socio-economic gap for citizens living in poverty lines whether marginal communities, women or children. Marginal communities are the most high-risk groups and the most vulnerable to the threat of climate change.
Prolonged dry season can also compromise national food security when food crops
destroyed due to extreme heat and irrigation problems. If this issue continues to be taken lightly, not only will farmers lose their livelihoods, but the country's economic productivity will also be affected.
Gender imbalances hinder the ability and potential of women to be actors in curbing climate crisis. For example, access and control over natural resources (water, land, etc.) , access to education and information , access to financial resources , and equal rights and access to decision-making processes to determine the response of women and men in the context of climate change
Reduction of agricultural products due to floods or droughts reduces the financial safety net of families, and indigenous women. Health problems that arise as a result of environmental degradation such as dirty water, or prolonged flooding can cause death and impact on newborns such as malnutrition and so on. Lack of access to quality health systems exacerbate the disproportionate health risks
The IPCC [International Panel on Climate Change] found that the climate crisis would exacerbate gender inequality and that it would result in higher workloads for women, the dangers of work inside and outside the home, psychological and emotional stress, and higher mortality than men
In the context of the climate crisis, rural communities such as the Orang Asli are known as the "frontline community". They are among the first to be affected by the impact of the climate crisis due to their dependence on forests and natural resources.
Loss of critical 'indigenous knowledge' such as the loss of herbal plants for the 'post-natal' recovery adopted by indigenous women.
We have 11 years before the earth's temperature rises to 1.5 ° C, a level of danger that sees the destruction of nature, which is the basis of the economy and human life. And this threat has already started in Malaysia. We need immediate & immediate action!
Ecological and wildlife destruction should not be neglected by unethical and corrupt parties.
We urge all parties to be aware of the critical issue of climate change in the socio-economic and political movements of the country. Can the future of Malaysia survive if we remain silent? Our younger generation will inherit a legacy of destruction and will point the finger at our failure to act. Malaysia is facing an existential crisis!
When the government fails to ensure the protection, security and well-being of its people and the future of the country, it is the right and responsibility of the people to speak out!
KAMY urges all parties from various backgrounds, sectors of society and society to participate and take action to urge national politicians to take the issue of climate change as a CRISIS!