Climate literacy refers to the knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s climate system and the ability to make informed and responsible decisions about the causes and consequences of climate change. Climate literacy includes an understanding of the basic science of climate change, as well as the impacts of climate change on different sectors and regions, and the actions that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to these impacts.
A person who is climate literate will have a basic understanding of he Earth’s climate system, including the factors that drive it and the natural and human-induced processes that affect it. They will also be knowledgeable on the causes of climate change, including the role of greenhouse gases and the human activities that contribute to their increase. A climate literate person will know about the impacts of climate change, including the effects on natural systems, human health and well-being, and the economy, as well as the potential future impacts of climate change, including the risks and uncertainties associated with different emissions scenarios. Climate literacy includes knowledge of the actions that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change, including the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and conservation.
Climate literacy also includes an understanding of the political, social, and economic context within which climate change is occurring, as well as the communication and negotiation skills necessary to engage with stakeholders and decision-makers. Climate literacy is considered an essential skill for the 21st century, as climate change is one of the most significant global challenges and it will affect all aspects of our lives.
Climate literacy is important for individuals, communities and decision-makers to be able to make informed decisions about climate change and to take action to address it.
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