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Malaysian Youth Representation: Climate Change

Nurul Hamizah Binti Afandi, Koh Hui Hong, Sofiah Hanim Binti Shuhaizan, Lin Ming Yao and Arijey Sura
15 pages
April 25, 2021
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Climate change is often mistakenly associated with the weather. But weather can change from day to day, whereas the climate is measured over a long period. In other words, climate change is the long-term alteration of temperature and regular weather patterns in a place. Climate change is often referred to as a specific location or globally (National Geographic Society, 2019). Based on a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the temperature increase of 1.5°C has distinguished Southeast Asia (SEA) as among the regions that would be heavily impacted by climate change (EY, 2020). Malaysia’s 2018 climate change report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) mentioned that the country’s temperature, rainfall and sea levels have been increasing in the last four decades and are projected to continue rising by 2050. These events can bring added vulnerability, particularly to the urban population who live in low elevation coastal areas (Lee, 2019). It is estimated that up to 1 million urban populations in East Malaysia and up to 5 million urban populations in Peninsular Malaysia are at risk from climate impacts in the 2050s (UCCRN, 2018).To change ingrained behaviours and habits that are detrimental to the health of our planet, a significant understanding of climate change and its impact is highly fundamental (Zalina et al, 2015). The subject of polar bears bearing a classic icon for climate change may be a problem in itself (Ong et al, 2020). Therefore, climate change issues must be communicated effectively in a localised manner to ensure that relevant knowledge of local climate change will lead to positive behavioural change in the general public (Zalina et al, 2015; Ong...

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