• Simona Meesaiyati

What do we mean by “climate change impact”?

We use “climate change” as a general descriptive category to describe the changes in the interconnected climatic and ecological systems composed of atmosphere, land surface and oceans, whether due to natural variability or a result of human activity such as greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution which contributed to global warming. According to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of UNFCCC, climate change typically involves changes lasting decades or longer.

Climate change has resulted in, for example, rising temperatures and extreme events such as storms, floods, droughts, wildfires, and changes in rainfall patterns. Increased temperature is largely attributed to human activity. We have seen the impacts of climate change in Thailand over the past 50-60 years, including extended drought, severe flooding, extreme heat, loss of biodiversity, and faster spread of infectious disease agents. These impacts have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of Thais. Hardest hit are farmers and poor people who rely on natural resources for livelihood, although urban communities are also affected. The topic of your film should focus on one of these significant impacts and on the ways local communities are adapting or mitigating the impact by apply traditional wisdom, knowledge, and experience.

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