May 15 - International Climate Day

15 May 2020
May 15 - International Climate Day

On the 15th of May, the whole world celebrates International Climate Day. Despite the fact that this day is not an official holiday, nevertheless, it is very important for each of us. Unfortunately, over the past couple of months, public attention has shifted towards the global epidemic of coronavirus. However, we should not forget that in the long term climate change is the main threat to humanity.

Some theory

First of all, what is the difference is between “weather” and “climate”? 

Weather is the state of the atmosphere over a particular area at a certain time. 

Climate is a multi-year weather regime.

According to scientists, in order to avoid catastrophic consequences for humanity, the temperature increase must be kept below 2 C until the end of the century.

“We are in a deep hole, and we are still digging. Soon it will be too deep to escape,” warns Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

What happens if this is not done?

·      The average annual temperature will rise in most regions of the world;

·      The level of the world's oceans will rise;

·      The number of people suffering from lack of water resources will increase;

·      The populations of many species of plants and animals will be significantly reduced;

·      More people will be below the poverty line.

And this is not a complete list of issues related to climate change... 

What is being done in the world? 

Fortunately, today climate change is being talked about literally everwhere. But, unfortunately, many of us still think that it is a myth. Although, in order to understand that climate change is real, you just need to recall the weather regime in your area over the past few years. After all, these changes are evident.

It is important to understand that the fight against climate change is a very serious challenge requiring the involvement of as many people and resources as possible. That is why access to reliable and understandable information is needed to make consicous and informed decisions. In this case, the main source of information is the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Incidentally, in February this year, the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia received status. IPCC Observer. This means that now the Central Asian region will be more involved in international processes related to climate change. Read more here.

In addition, we want to remind you that a new portal of climate information will appear in Central Asia very soon. Information will be available in 7 languages: English, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek. You can find out more about this resource here. Follow the news!

Happy International Climate Day! And remember - the fate of the planet is in our hands!


Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin