Need to explain to people what climate change means in daily life: UN environ chief

NEW DELHI: United Nations setting chief Erik Solheim has mentioned spouting "doom and gloom" whilst talking about climate trade won't work and stressed out that there was once a want to provide it in a "simpler" language that explains to other people what it in point of fact method for them in their day-to-day lives.
He additionally noted that plastic air pollution is similar to climate trade and if steps are not taken to curb it now, reversing it will be "almost impossible".

As some distance as India is anxious, he mentioned, it views environmental problems very a lot as a moral legal responsibility and has were given what it takes to steer the sector into this alteration.

Solheim mentioned a lot of other people to find the subject of climate trade "boring".

"The problem with climate change is that it's a long-term phenomenon involving some quite complex science. It does not surprise me that a lot of people find the topic boring, and frankly we are never going to bore people into action. And if we continue to spout doom-and-gloom, then people just switch off," he mentioned.

He mentioned that after the problem of climate trade is mentioned mostly the focal point has been at the problem and the hazards and that needed to trade. "People want to see solutions, and to understand how they can contribute. It is time for a global mass movement for the environment, one that has never been seen before."

"For this to happen, we have to speak in a different language that is simpler and breaks down the science to explain to people what climate change really means for them, in their daily lives, here and now," the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) informed PTI.

"We have to make it a dinner table conversation," he mentioned, "in other words, we need to help people connect with this issue in a way that makes it personal, and not abstract."

It might be about such things as space costs, the cost of insurance policies, the impact on food costs or the link to mass migration, he mentioned.

Solheim was once in India for per week where amongst others, he signed a letter of intent on India webhosting the World Environment Day on June five.

On the problem of plastic air pollution, he mentioned it has been led to via "laziness and a failure" of creativeness and innovation which wishes to switch. He mentioned an astounding amount of plastic is produced every year, a lot of which is often used for a couple of seconds and discarded.

"Plastic pollution is similar to climate change. If we don't step on the brakes now, it will be almost impossible to reverse."

He identified that this 12 months an estimated 360 million tonnes of plastic can be produced and one-third of this can be non-recyclable.

"So imagine where this plastic is going. It is in our oceans and water bodies. It is in landfills and on our beaches. This year World Environment Day will bring the focus on plastic pollution, calling on people all over the world to 'refuse what you cannot re-use'," he mentioned.

Tackling plastic air pollution requires one to make a large push on three fronts, he mentioned.

Firstly, other people want to know that there are lots of easy steps they may be able to take to scale back their own plastic footprint like "do we really need straws or apples wrapped in copious amounts of plastic? We don't and we can change that."

"Second, 40 per cent of used plastic currently goes to landfill, when it could serve countless other uses. We need to recycle and re-use whatever we can. Thirdly, and this is where business comes in, we need to look at the whole life of a product and our consumption and trade systems."

"It is no longer possible for us to design products that are thrown away immediately after use," he mentioned. "We need to re-think designs...and there are tremendous opportunities for businesses here."

Talking about efforts being made in India in this course, he expressed his satisfaction that the rustic is the global host of World Environment Day 2018 and can be leading the frenzy to avoid wasting the oceans and the planet.


"India has very high rates of recycling, and in recent years, some of the biggest citizen action movements have happened in this country- for example, the Versova beach clean up in Mumbai," he mentioned.


"So India has what it takes to lead the world into this change," he mentioned.


"It is a booming economy with the innovation and business expertise to change the way we make and use products. And it is a country that views environmental issues very much as a moral obligation, to give back to people, nature and the world," he added. PTI TDS TIR AAR AAR - 25021116 NNNN


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