A recent climate study showed that younger generations are going to experience more side effects of climate change than their grandparents.
The study showed that children born in 2020 will experience 30 extreme heatwaves in their lifetime. That is seven times more heatwaves than someone from the 1960s would have experienced. Younger generations will also experience more droughts and wildfires than their older relatives.
Prof Wim Thiery, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, said, “Our results highlight a severe threat to the safety of young generations and call for drastic emission reductions to safeguard their future.”
The study also showed that not everyone will experience the same increase in climate crisis repercussions. Children in Europe and Central Asia could experience four times more extreme side effects than older generations, but that number jumps to 5.7 for children in sub-Saharan Africa.
The study showed that those under the age of 40 would most likely live to see the positive results of global emission cuts. However, older generations will either never see it or not live to see the consequences of global-wide pollution.
Leo Hickman, the editor of Carbon Brief, said, “These new findings reinforce our 2019 analysis. Which showed that today’s children will need to emit eight times less CO2 over the course of their lifetime than their grandparents. If global warming is to be kept below 1.5C. Climate change is already exacerbating many injustices, but the intergenerational injustice of climate change is particularly stark.”
Hopefully, studies like this one will be a wake-up call for our leaders to take meaningful, significant climate action. They need to cut down on emissions and put measures in place to minimize global heating before it is too late.
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