If Climate science is hard, Let Youth4Climate help you

Does climate change really exist?

Does it mean that the climate will change to another form?

Are there any differences between climate and weather? If yes, which is bigger?

Will Earth explode if climate change continues with rising greenhouse gases?

Have you ever asked such questions when learning about climate change?


If so, I’m afraid we’re misunderstanding about climate change 😅


As a rather “headache” and “abstract” field, climate change is happening and has significant impacts on the lives of all mankind. However, the basic concepts of climate and climate change are sometimes still misunderstood by inaccurate information sources.


To understand more about the current state of climate change and explain afore-mentioned questions, let us listen to the analyses from experts that Youth4Climate had the opportunity to exchange.


Basic concepts

Before “introducing” climate, let’s take a look at some basic knowledge about climate science that we need to pay attention to. Perhaps, you have gone through these as well during your geography classes.

Climate is understood as the average degree of weather in a given space and a long period of time (usually 30 years). The climate is usually relatively stable.


The weather, which we still observe and care about every day in our lives, is fully defined as the state of the atmosphere at a certain time which is determined by a combination of several factors: temperature, pressure, humidity, wind velocity, rain and so on.


Global warming refers to a gradual increase in Earth’s temperature due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases reduce the amount of Earth’s radiation released into the universe, thereby heating the Earth’s lower atmosphere and surface.


The truths about climate change

If you follow the radio and television regularly, the phrase “climate change” will not be too strange “. But what do we understand about climate change and do what we hear about it really exist?

Climate change is the term used to refer to climate change (definition from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as UNFCCC) that is attributed directly or indirectly to human activities that change the composition of the global atmosphere. and contribute to natural climate variability over comparable times. Climate change determines the difference between the long-run mean values ​​for a climate parameter or statistic. The average is performed over a defined period of time, usually several decades. [1]


Let’s take a look back, in at least the past ten years, you have seen hotter weather, yearly fluctuation in temperature and erratic rain and storms. During the 20th century, scientists measured the trend of temperature increase across continents and oceans and the average temperature from 2001 to 2005 was 0.440C higher than the global average. The land has become warmer than the sea surface and the temperature in the Poles has increased at least twice as much as the world average [2].


According to the IPCC, human activity is estimated to contribute approximately 1.0 Celsius degree increase in global warming compared to the pre-industrial era, with a threshold in the range of 0.8 to 1.2 Celsius degree; Global warming tends to increase to 1.5 Celsius degree between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to maintain the same trend at current rates.



The manifestations of climate change are increasingly evident and breakout everywhere. Greenland has lost 3.8 million tons of ice since 1992 and the rate of ice loss has increased from 33 billion tons / year in the 1990s to 254 billion tons / year in the last decade [3]. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) data, ice is melting in Greenland 7 times faster than in the 1990s. extraordinarily heavy rains and storms occur each year, for example a 10% increase in extreme rains, making the storm season in the North Atlantic in 2020 extremely severe [4]. Biodiversity is gradually lost as habitat is affected by extreme weather events.


Youth and climate change

Young people’s perceptions of climate change are extremely important because we are the future of the world and are directly affected by climate change. Accounting for 57% of the total Vietnamese population (2019), Vietnamese youth are the core force to promote positive change in society [5]. Youth’s creativity and enthusiasm for action will contribute initiatives and manpower to develop and implement climate change responses


Improving climate education for young people


A special report from the United Nations Development Program on “Youth Action for Environment in Vietnam” shows that nearly 400 young Vietnamese have raised their support to respond to climate change, expressed their desire to take part in action on climate change and contribute a voice to the development of climate policies in our country.

Vietnamese youth participate in the camp to write the Report “Youth for the Environment in Vietnam”. Photo: UNDP Viet Nam


In order to strengthen voice and action on climate change, every young person needs to have a full and solid awareness to come up with an appropriate direction to implement and spread the importance of climate change to the community.


With the aim of helping Vietnamese youth to access the most intimate and “youthful” official documents on climate change and the environment, Youth4Climate has developed a series of knowledge modules on various topics. Young people are particularly concerned about climate change. The modules are shown through their own understanding with teenage illustrations that will make climate change easy.


Click on HERE to discover our treasure trove of knowledge right away !!!


[1] Các khái niệm, định nghĩa liên quan đến BĐKH 

[2] Nguyên nhân và ảnh hưởng của BĐKH 

[3] Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2018

[4] Attribution of 2020 hurricane season extreme rainfall to human-induced climate change

[5] Kết quả toàn bộ Tổng điều tra dân số và nhà ở 2019 

Minh Thao – UNDP Viet Nam

Learn about Earth Day – Raising awareness and driving actions

Mother Earth Day 

Have you ever wondered when the birthday of the Earth, our home, is? Our planet Earth was formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, but only recently did we have a birthday for the Earth, also known as Mother Earth Day, April 22.

With the desire to spread people’s awareness about the impacts of industrialization on the environment and nature, Earth Day was first initiated by the U.S senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970 in light of the damaging environmental situation in the US. The event has received great support from the Americans and has gradually grown in popularity, declared by the United Nations as International Mother Earth Day. [1]

In many countries, Earth Day is considered one of the largest annual civic events on the planet with a series of activities and campaigns to protect the environment, including the endorsement of amendments of environmental laws and the promotion of local action. 


The celebration of Earth Day in Viet Nam 

In Vietnam, when searching on the Internet, one can see a lot of information and events about Earth Hour while Earth Day events are less widely communicated. 

Since 2012, in order to spread the messages and raise people’s awareness of Earth Day, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has actively coordinated with businesses, enterprises and organizations to jointly organize events to celebrate Earth Day every year with meaningful interactive activities such as jogging, exhibition about the state of waste in Viet Nam, campaigns to exchange scrap and electronic waste for environmentally friendly products, waste sorting and waste collection, etc.

Vietnamese youth participated in clearning the public envvironment in Earth Day 2016. Photo: Environmental News


Running activities in celebration of Earth Day 2019. Photo: MONRE

In 2020, to actively raise awareness of children about Earth Day, UNICEF in Vietnam has introduced a cartoon about climate change on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day based on the story of a 12-year-old youth at the comic test to create superhero that can save the earth and fight against natural disasters and climate change, jointly organized by UNICEF, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Young Pioneer Council.

Watch the cartoon here: https://youtu.be/r5DjMbL9jIk 


Invest in our planet – For a green future and prosperity for all 

With the theme of “Invest in our planet”[2], this year’s Earth Day aims to encourage governments, corporations and the private sector to step up concrete action towards sustainability, green consumption and a more active role in protecting the Earth’s health. 

Human take great responsibility for the planetary well-being, human needs to act for the earth, for our living environment and for humanity. Especially youngsters, the future leaders of the world and those affected by the negative impacts of climate change.

Watch more about Earth day 2022: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYFc4O6Sg_Q 


“Earth and Earth resources are on the verge of depletion. Whether that prospect comes true or not depends greatly on the actions of today’s young people. Take care of the Earth like we care about ourselves. Investing in the earth is investing in people’s future!” – shared by Van Thien. “Earth Day should not be the only day of the year, hopefully we can make every day an Earth Day, listen and act for the Earth.”

As we celebrate Earth Day, you are invited to share your views and opinion on how youth want to take action on the environment and climate change in Vietnam. The survey “Vietnamese youth for Stockholm+50 – This is our planet Earth” is focusing on the opinions of young Vietnamese between the ages of 15 and 35.

Not only assessing youth’s concern about the environment, the survey will support the development of youth-led report “This is our planet Earth” as well as contribute a voice to Vietnam’s Stockholm+50 report. 

Take the survey here: https://forms.gle/bbZEpEspvty3E6ACA   

Minh Thao – UNDP Viet Nam


[1]: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day 

[2]: Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™