Climate Literacy- The need of the hour!
What is Climate Literacy?
Simply put, Climate literacy is an understanding of human impacts on climate, and the impacts of climate on humans. According to earthday.org, “a climate literate person is a critical thinker who understands complex relationships of multiple variables of the climate system and acts in the best interest of long-term global health. These individuals make informed and thoughtful decisions based on science, economic and social factors to have the least impact on the climate system including a person’s carbon, water and land footprint.”
The history of World Environment Day dates back nearly 50 years from today, when the UN General Assembly designated 5th June as the World Environment Day (WED). Since its beginning in 1974, Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. However, it was first observed in the United States in 1974 with the theme- ‘Only one earth’.
This Environment Day, VAJOR Tribe hosted a Clubhouse room on Climate Literacy with the most radical personalities in the sustainable fashion industry, namely:
Sahar Mansoor, Founder and CEO of the renowned environmental-friendly enterprise, Bare Necessities.
Mridula Reddy, Operations associate at the non-profit organization, Slam Out Loud.
Sanjana Rishi, Sustainability advocate and entrepreneur, Nindia Loungewear.
Neela Majumdar, Senior manager, Project Development on Earth Day Network, India.
Sabrina Suhail, Entrepreneur, an artist & Head Creator, Tinge
Anamika Sengupta, Founder, Almitra Sustainables
Kirti Poonia, Head of Okhai
Shweta Mukherjee, Digital content creator
“Change the norm, live the lifestyle.”
-Shweta initiated the discussion by throwing light upon how we, the older generation, start following a conscious lifestyle in order to save resources & act towards climate change. Anamika and Shweta, being mothers, believe in the “monkey see, monkey do” idiom; children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them. They conversed about how parents should take the step in order to teach children about climate change. To which Sabrina Suhail of Tinge Cosmetics added, “Do not instill fear in the younger generation about what could happen to the climate, it’s about educating them rightly.”
The speakers of the panel also discussed the shortcomings faced while embracing the sustainable lifestyle.
“The biggest challenge in bringing a difference is that the younger generation is restricted by their immediate families.”
Kunal Mandal while addressing the issues in educating people about climate changes said, “When it comes to climate literacy, the content is available internationally, but how do we inspire people to take action, protest-to-policy scheme nationally, is the key.”
Why is Climate Literacy important?
“It helps people understand and address the impact of global warming, increases climate literacy among young people, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour, and helps them adapt to climate change related trends.”
Creating a climate literate citizenry holds the key to creating jobs, building a green consumer market and allowing citizens to engage with their governments in a meaningful way to restore our Earth. According to a recent paper in PNAS, scientists designated climate education as one of the six societal transformations needed to stabilize the Earth’s climate by 2050.
The intellectual session came to an end by two prodigal students and volunteers of the NGO Slam Out Loud, Muskan and Supriya, reciting a poem named “Mother”, which narrated the story of the past generation who took nature, as a whole for granted. Their self-composed poem made everyone’s hair stand on end, giving a reality check on how Climate Action is indeed the need of this very hour. It opened our eyes and we witnessed a child’s perspective as Muskan said, “Make the unprivileged people aware about what climate change actually is!”