Mitigating and Coping with Climate Change

Collins Glacier in Antarctica, showing the effects of climate change © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Global environmental change has profound social and human dimensions. A holistic approach, which takes scientific, educational, socio-cultural and ethical dimensions into account, is therefore crucial to successfully addressing climate change. Migration linked to climate change needs to be better understood and the knowledge generated has to be translated into appropriate social policies. Specific attention should be paid to the situation of vulnerable groups, as climate change has been shown to affect human beings differently, according to their gender or socioeconomic status. All parts of society need to be encouraged to take concerted action in order to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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