The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent and are having huge and varied impacts across Canada, and the world. Food and water shortages, floods, extreme weather, rise in sea levels, and drastic changes in ecosystems are becoming more common than ever. Additionally, climate change presents a challenge because it is a global issue, requiring international collaboration and action.
The primary and secondary effects of climate change will have a disproportionate and significant impact on children.
School closures, food scarcity, forced migration, and other social unrest will disrupt childhood development and potentially make children more vulnerable to illness, abuse and trafficking.
Climate change will also drastically change the world children will grow up in and take on as adults.
How new is this trend?
This is fully integrated into our lives. Almost everyone experiences or participates in this.
What's driving these trends?
Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.
Increasing Population Density
Increasing population density, particularly in cities around the world, is driving many trends, both social and environmental. The growing concentration of people in many places can create resource scarcity, competition and conflict, and contribute to increased pollution levels. It can also lead to positive social outcomes and more robust economies.
Social inequity and the increased acknowledgement of discrimination against different groups of people is a strong driver in our present day. Inequity in Canada impacts politics, communities, health, and education.
Global and local climates are changing, resulting in unpredictable weather patterns and an increased incidence of extreme weather and natural disasters. Droughts, hurricanes, and floods are all examples of extreme weather that put strain on human and natural systems.