Iraq: Trade unionists confront climate change
Members of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) have committed to insert environmental protection and climate change in curricula at all school levels. This policy comes out of a seminar on climate change attended by the KTU.
- The combustion of a large number of gases, oil, and coal by huge companies.
- The eruption of volcanoes, whose effects remain for long periods and cover large areas of the world.
- The increase in the population globally, and the misuse of natural resources.
- Burning of forests and deforestation, especially the dense forests of the Amazon - the well-known “lung of the Earth”.
- The melting of ice in the Arctic and South Pole, leading to the rise in water levels in the seas and oceans, generating hardships and difficulties for mankind.
- High temperatures.
- Desertification of agricultural lands. He cited the example of the impact of the desertification of about 100,000km of land annually in Iraq.
- Increased salinity and minerals negatively affecting the water and consequently large quantities of fish stocks.
- Using clean energy – instead of gas, oil, and coal – and making use of solar and water-generated energy.
- Using public transportation, citizens reducing the use of personal and private cars.
- Protecting forests and increasing the large percentage of agriculture on lands, to reduce the percentage of carbon dioxide and increase the percentage of oxygen.
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