UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry has filmed a news report in which she bemoans climate change, emphasizing its effects on the well-being of future generations.
The video, presented as a weather forecast, was made public by the United Nations Children’s Fund on Sunday, December 6, at a time when the world’s attention is directed towards the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is currently being held in Paris, France.
During this event it is hoped that representatives of more than 190 nations will sign a legally-binding agreement regarding climate change, so as to limit the effects of global warming, and limit the rise in temperatures to just 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, when compared to levels recorded before the Industrial Revolution.
The aim of Katy Perry’s video message is to further emphasize the fact that extreme natural phenomena which have become more prevalent in recent years are the result of man-made activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
These result in an accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to global warming, as well as to series of escalating calamities.
For example, floods have been turning Bangladesh into a death trap, tropical cyclones have devastated the Philippines, and drought across California has become more and more destructive.
Children are the most vulnerable to such devastating events, their young age and lack of experience making it more difficult for them to know how to react when disaster strikes.
Approximately 160 million have to face life-threatening dehydration and malnutrition due to severe drought, and around half a billion of them are located in regions where flooding is excessively common.
Those who manage to survive such widespread destruction are sometimes separated from their families or they become orphaned, and even those who are reunited with their loved ones usually suffer emotional trauma due to being forced to leave their former homes, during emergency mass evacuations.
Similarly, as Katy Perry points out, other regions such as East Africa are at risk due to mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, which had already been killing around 800 kids on a daily basis, and has become much more widespread lately as a direct result of climate change.
At the end of the video, the hugely successful pop star points out the fact that people around the world should join forces in order to stop these distressing trends from escalating even further, because otherwise the future of today’s children may be compromised beyond repair.
One way to actively contribute in this mission of keeping climate change in check is by joining UNICEF’s Fight Unfair campaign, meant to provide kids around the world with an equal chance to a secure, happy life, without wants or limitations.
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