12 November 2022
Climate change represents the greatest challenge of the 21st Century and will affect human societies in multiple ways.
Our knowledge about the nature and physics of climate change, its causes and its consequences, is far greater than our understanding of the societal changes it poses. Climate change is a social production, a complex process of societal transformations, which we all need to understand to better cope with the challenge it presents.
Climatic conditions play a significant role in people’s lives and can interfere with lives in multiple ways. The causes are known, and they put human action at the centre of the debate. The consequences of climate change on ways of life are complex, diversified, inevitable, and will likely become worse over time. The nations that contributed most to the problem are often those that least suffer the consequences while those who contributed the least are often the most affected, vulnerable and unprepared.