Hazardous climate changes – what can citizens do?
June 25, 2023

Climate changes take its toll, and every year they appear more intensive than before. Extreme temperatures, drastic weather events, droughts, floods, storms, are serious risk for the Earth.


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On June 5, World Environment Day, the Center for Climate Change reminds all these risks and had issued an appeal to the citizens to fight against climate change. 

Urgent actions are needed for planet’s protection. The campaign slogan is “#Take Climate Action, join the fight against climate change”. The center emphasizes individual efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Climate assessments for Macedonia indicate a drier and warmer climate in the future

We are witnesses to extended periods of hot summers with extreme temperatures, reduced rainfall, and frequent occurrences of extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and droughts. Because of this, the Center emphasizes the urgent need for action. Climate assessments for Macedonia indicate a warmer and drier climate in the future. An increase in heat waves and a decrease in cold winters are also expected. These changes are risks for our environment as well as for agriculture.

“Everyone has the power to make a difference.” Through individual actions, we can collectively effect the changes necessary to protect our planet for this and future generations. Today, on the World Environment Day, let’s accept the challenge and take climate action together.” – is the Center for Climate Change statement.

It is necessary to raise awareness among citizens and encourage behavioral changes for use of resources. Environment preservation and urgent need to reduce the effects of climate change are also important. By adopting sustainable practices in our daily lives, we can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases emission and minimize the impact on our environment.

What can citizens do against climate change?

The Climate Change Center suggests practical steps you can take to make a difference:
1. Waste reduction and recycling. By minimizing consumption, efficiently reusing materials and recycling waste, we can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
2. Save energy: Use energy-saving appliances, replace traditional lights with efficient ones, and use renewable energy sources for home heating.
3. Use sustainable transportation. Choose bicycles or electric scooters instead of cars. Share a ride and watch your driving speeds to minimize emissions.
4. Make reasonable food choices. Reduce meat and dairy consumption, opt for locally produced foods and avoid excessive packaging.
5. Plant trees. Trees act as natural carbon sinks and absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Each planted tree gives significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Transport is a significant part of CO2 emissions, road transport is responsible for 72% of emissions in the EU. In Macedonia, transport contributes to approximately 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing bicycles over cars, citizens can play a vital role in reducing emissions and fighting climate change.

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