Actors of change
Moroccans in action act on local, regional and international fronts to protect the environment and promote sustainable growth. These actors of change, classified in 10 different categories, represent various segments of a dedicated and militant civil society.
The private sector is an important environmental player. Several companies help reshape the global economy and mitigate climate change by adapting their means of production, investing in new energy and decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions. Within innovative start-ups and global companies, internal and external policies are emerging to change consumption habits.
On one hand, changes in temperature, precipitation and rising sea levels as well as extreme weather have a significant impact on agriculture. On the other, environmental upheavals stem from agricultural activities. The agricultural sector is therefore facing a daunting challenge: adapt continuously to a changing climate, while ensuring the food security of the future without degrading the planet.
With rising average temperatures of air and oceans, melting snow and ice, rising average sea level, the scientific community strives to highlight the impacts of climate change on the environment. As observers of the planet and whistleblowers, scientists have identified that increase in temperature should be limited to 2 ° C by the end of the century in order to avoid irreparable damage to the planet.
One thing is for certain: we will pass on our planet to the youth and future generations! Therefore, young people represent a central pillar of civil society when it comes to climate change. Beyond their knowledge of the environmental challenges they are facing and the desire to change future economies, they are involved on a daily basis to build sustainable and brand-new solutions to protect the environment.
Research shows that the impacts of climate changes are felt much more strongly among women, particularly those living in underprivileged areas. But well beyond being victims of these disruptions, women are also at the core of the climate solutions of tomorrow. Frequently, women have to manage resources such as water and food, and that naturally put them at the forefront of the fight against climate change.
Through high profile operations, awareness -raising campaigns, dissemination of information and other concrete actions, green NGOs play a central role in the fight against climate change. These NGOs represent the link between civil societies and states, launch warnings, and often use their power pressure on governments to take the right actions to preserve the planet.
Social justice and decent work are two principles which are affected by climate change and the reasons why unions support and campaign for low-carbon economies. In fact, unions put pressure on governments to adopt measures to help reduce carbon emissions on the long term while ensuring the protection of employees’ rights in transition periods.
Climate change is a threat to the survival of indigenous communities around the world, while they contribute very little to greenhouse gas emissions. On the contrary, they participate actively in the maintenance of many ecosystems, relying on their knowledge of nature, on which they depend to live. They offer innovative and creative solutions to deal with environmental changes.
Every day, by raising awareness of the environmental cause, acting at its level and consuming in a more sustainable and responsible manner, citizens contribute to the prospect of a low-carbon world. Each on his own and with simple gestures, citizens can make the combat against climate change possible.
Global warming and climate change are at the heart of the issues local authorities deal with. At times, these authorities are faster than governments and more effective in encouraging citizens to change their behaviour to consume in a more sustainable and responsible manner. Through transportation policies, planning, reduction of greenhouse gases emissions and adaptation, local authorities facilitate the transition to a more eco-friendly environment.