Nations get together to help save Earth

Warning: Rising sea-levels have speeded up and carbon dioxide emissions have hit new highs.

But will they make a real difference? This week, nations were all summoned to a great gathering in New York to present solid plans to speed up progress on reducing greenhouse gases.

What’s happening

Yesterday, powerful leaders from around the world met for the United Nations’s Climate Summit in New York. The United Nations (UN) is a group of almost 200 countries, which tries to spread peace around the world.

They held the special meeting to discuss what we can do to fight the climate crisis.

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One of the main ways that we could slow down climate change is by releasing less carbon dioxide into the air. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which warms up the planet.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that the five years from 2014 to 2019 has seen the hottest-ever weather. If the planet keeps getting hotter, scientists say that humanity will face lots of problems because of melting ice and extreme weather.

Last Friday, millions of people across the world took part in the biggest climate protest ever. They say that governments must take action to cut carbon emissions right now.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at the climate summit. However, President Donald Trump did not want to go.

Can the UN solve the climate crisis?

Some say…

Yes. The climate crisis is a global problem. Lots of countries need to work together to save our planet, so our leaders must get together to work it out. Normal people alone cannot make real change.

Others think…

No. The UN has been trying to fix climate change for 30 years and it has completely failed. For real change to happen, we should keep protesting and change our own lives. If we all show that we care, we can make a difference.

You Decide

  1. What are some things that anyone can do to help the planet?

Activities

  1. Design a poster teaching people how to take care of the planet.

Some People Say...

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Wendell Berry, US writer and environmental activist

What do you think?

Word Watch

Peace
When there is no war.
Discuss
Talk about.
Carbon emissions
When carbon dioxide is released into the air, heating the planet.

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