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After four years of conflict in #SouthSudan, suffering continues to grow, needs are outpacing resources, and the international community must continue to focus on helping vulnerable people while urging #peace. According to @un_ocha , 7.6 million people in South Sudan are in need of aid. The @UnitedNations, alongside local communities and humanitarian partners, are urgently working to provide support. Learn how you can help by clicking the link in our bio.
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Repost from @cookstoves: Did you know globally🌍, women spend 4x as much time cooking and preparing meals compared to men? Introducing more efficient cookstoves and alternative fuels can significantly reduce time poverty and unpaid work.



#cookstoves #timepoverty #womenempowerment #fuels #UN #globalgoals #SDGs #women #cleancooking #genderequality

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As leaders came together for #COP23 this November, hundreds of Instagram users united to share their unique perspective on #climatechange - from the banks of the Amazon to the edge of the Arctic.
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Thank you for joining our #EyeOnClimate campaign to heighten the urgency for bold #ClimateAction. Your photos and stories serve as powerful testimonies for why climate change can no longer be viewed as a distant issue. It’s clear that we already witness real impacts in many of our most pressing challenges, including hunger, gender equality, ocean health, and more. That’s why action on #climate is essential to achieving a healthy, sustainable world for all.
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We can only see this bright future with our #EyeOnClimate.
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To view all the #EyeOnClimate posts shared by us and by users across the globe, check out the link in our bio.

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As we conclude our #EyeOnClimate series, we are looking up and ahead toward powerful climate solutions. This photo from photojournalist @gretarybus highlights a very visible solution many of us see every day, yet often don’t recognize: forests. According to @nature_org, reforesting the millions of hectares of lands that have been cleared for human activity could absorb billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide without disrupting food production.
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In this photo, a young man harvests maria fruits in Panama, a country facing the pressures of #deforestation. As is Guna tradition, when he was born, his family planted a series of plants to sustain him and teach him about farming as he grew into an adult.
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"The Guna, we have a coast full of forests. And we know it captures carbon from the air, so we protect it, while developed countries have destroyed forests. Indigenous people and poor people like us are keeping forests, helping control heat. Now that big countries are discussing #climatechange, they should prioritize helping poor countries to protect forests."
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– Guillermo Archibold, agronomist. Guna Yala, Panama.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate?
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate. To see more stories of real climate impacts and solutions, check out the link in our bio.

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On the final day of our #EyeOnClimate series - a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23 - we’re sharing this photo taken by adventure photographer @funforlouis:
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“Flying into Christmas Island showed me the scary reality of #climatechange. The aerial view is stunning but it’s easy to see how rising water levels will affect these low-lying islands. Sadly large parts of the territory could be underwater by 2050.”
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- @funforlouis
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For vulnerable island communities, such as Christmas Island, the effects of climate change are already taking hold. At COP23, the Fijian Presidency united the global community under the powerful perspective of island communities facing rising sea levels, intensified cyclones, persistent droughts, and more. Together, with leaders from 197 nations, they forged actions to bring the goals of the #ParisAgreement to life and to hold warming well below 2°C.
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate. To see more photos, check out @Climasphere and our link in the bio.

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.@johnnovis shared this photo for our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23:
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“This photo, titled, ‘Crescent Moon Spring Along the Silk Road’ was shot for @greenpeace from a microlight plane about 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang Cit­y, Gansu, China. Crescent Moon Spring is an oasis in the desert surrounded by the Echoing Sand Mountain. The formation of the lake resulted from a geological peculiarity and natural wonder where the topography of the sand dunes force the incoming desert winds to spiral before finally retreating in an easterly direction. Thus, the sands do not smother the spring. The natural harmony between the spring and the dunes has attracted visitors for many years, eventually becoming a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO. However, since the 19­70s, #climatechange, tourism and industrialization have caused the lake to shrink dramatically in size and depth. Concerned scientists and environmentalists are currently studying changes in glacial melt from the distant Qilian Mountains, which feeds the Dang River, as a potential cause.”
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- @johnnovis
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How do you have your #EyeOnClimate?
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate. To see more photos, check out @Climasphere and our link in the bio.

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Hands up and thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds this #GivingTuesday! There's still time to give, so let's keep the momentum going.

Your donation will support our work with our UN partners to provide life-saving services to those in need, such as supplying vaccines to children in hard-to-reach areas; equipping families in malaria-prone areas with bed nets and treatment; ensuring all women have access to reproductive health services, helping refugee girls access quality education; and, much more. Follow the link in our bio to learn how your donation can help. #GiveFTW

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Happy #GivingTuesday! UN Foundation staff laced up our sneakers and walked to raise money for @girlupcampaign, @nothingbutnetsofficial and @shotatlife through the @charitymiles app. These initiatives are helping to support the lifesaving work of the @unitednations and partners around the world. Follow the link in our bio to learn how you can support these initiatives and the UN Foundation today and beyond.

Give like the world depends on it. Because the world depends on you. #GiveFTW

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What matters to you? Is it girls’ education, children’s health and wellbeing, action on climate, or support for refugees? The UN Foundation supports these issues and more by advocating for a strong @unitednations. Today on #GivingTuesday, it’s time to give like the world depends on it. Because the world depends on you. Click the link in our bio to help build a better world.
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#GiveFTW #WithRefugees #ClimateAction #SDGs #GlobalGoals

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According to @unwomen, more than 33% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. #ViolenceAgainstWomen is not inevitable. The time to end it is now. Learn how you can help by clicking the link in our bio.
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#16Days #OrangeTheWorld #UNWomen #MeToo #UnitedNations

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These photos were taken by photographer @gretarybus as part of our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series - a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23:
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Many Norwegian people tell stories about the annual snows arriving many months too late, and being too sparse. Hunters say the patterns and habitats of animals have made it hard to hunt, fisherman say the seas have become more acidic, and reindeer herders are losing animals due to changing weather patterns.
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"We are destroying the earth. The weather will continue to be unstable. I think it is mostly done by humans, by lots of things we do. Our industries. Now we have several seasons in a week."
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– Berit Sara - Akkarfjord, Norway”
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How is your #EyeOnClimate?
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
To see more photos, check out @Climasphere and our link in the bio.

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Photographer @ashleycrowtherorg shared this photo for our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23.
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“I took this photo in a crowded residential area on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. A woman walks back and forth to the water pump collecting and storing water due to the reality that this particular area only receives water twice a week for two hours at a time.
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In many parts of the world, including cities, climate change is contributing to greater drought conditions and causing water security issues throughout the developed and developing worlds. In almost every case, the poor feel the worst of the impacts, especially women and children who are forced to work even harder to access freshwater resources. Water is life, without it nothing would be possible from everyday activities to agriculture to industrial activity.”
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-@ashleycrowtherorg
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#climatechange #water #climateaction #SDG13

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Documentary photographer @estherhorvath shared this photo for our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23.
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“I feel a strong connection to the Arctic and a responsibility to document the effects of climate change on our most fragile environment. Arctic ice regulates global climate, including the distribution of heat, and patterns of rainfall or snowfall. Extreme weather events, such as flooding, fires, storm surges, heat waves may be amplified by the loss of Arctic summer sea ice.
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The Greenland ice sheet is up to 3 km thick and would raise sea levels by seven meters if it all melted into the ocean. Climate scientists suggest that there is a possibility of a sea level rise of one or two meters through the end of the century. If average temperature increases 2°C by 2100, 130 million people would be affected by the rising sea levels. With a 4°C warming, between 470 million and 760 million people living in coastal areas would be impacted.
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I took these photos from a melting fjord in northern Greenland while flying over in a Polar 6 Research aircraft for Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.”
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How is your #EyeOnClimate?
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.

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This photo was taken by photographer
@jasonbhouston as part of our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. "Because of unpredictable flow levels and more and more rapid changes in the river courses, river travel, which is essential for regional trade around Puerto Breu, Peru, is becoming increasingly difficult. Human habitation of the Amazon can be traced back over 10,000 years, and over that time the indigenous tribes who live there have become intimately adapted to the predictable, well-established seasonality that defines these forests. The effects and impacts of #climatechange including rising temperatures and unstable hydrological cycles is leading to a laundry list of threats to those living in the Amazon, including more frequent drought, decreasing fish stocks, increasing prevalence of malaria and other diseases, crop failures, and forest fire.” -@jasonbhouston

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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.

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According to @unfao , climate change threatens global food security and our goal to achieve a zero hunger future. That’s why FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged for decision-makers to commit to strong climate action at #COP23.⠀

Photojournalist @gretarybus saw the impacts of climate change on food security firsthand in Senegal, captured through this #EyeOnClimate photo:⠀

Herders like Idda Ka are struggling to find food for their herds due to lack of rain. Herders and farmers in the area have been the first in their lineage to have to seek supplemental work in neighboring towns, as they see their crops and herds begin to fail.⠀

“From observation we can predict the nature of the coming season, using our own signs through trees, insects, the sight of some animals or birds, the sky’s color, its blankness, its murkiness. Years before, it rained well, but sometimes it can be irregular. Last season we experienced misfortune. It rained only two times, just two.”⠀
— Idda Ka, herder⠀

How is your #EyeOnClimate?⠀

Share your climate change story with us, through our #EyeOnClimate series - a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23.

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Yesterday at #COP23, @UNFCCC & @WHO renewed their commitment to tackling public health challenges from #climatechange. Photojournalist @ashleycrowtherorg documented how acting on climate produces immediate health benefits in this #EyeOnClimate photo from Seoul, South Korea:⠀

"Air pollution is one of the largest and most concerning unintended consequences of development. The vast majority of air pollution is sourced from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. When fossil fuels are burned, they not only releases carbon dioxide - the primary gas that contributes to climate change - they also release deadly particles that are, according to @WHO, responsible for millions of deaths worldwide each year. With billions of people exposed to air pollutants, I will have my #EyeOnClimate this year and will be pushing for our leaders and decision-makers to clean up our skies.”⠀
-@ashleycrowtherorg

How is your #EyeOnClimate?⠀

Share your climate change story with us through our #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. ⠀

To learn more about the campaign and see more photos, click the link in the bio.

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Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, Greenland
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Many of us believe that climate change doesn’t, and won’t affect us; that there is no impact on our daily lives. For the indigenous people in Greenland, whose survival is directly connected to traditional ways of life, the negative impacts of global warming are already here. The Inuit people for example, are experiencing a reduced and more dangerous “highway of ice” on which they travel to hunt while the rest of the world is experiencing extreme weathers conditions from heatwaves, hurricanes, floods and fires. International climate leaders are gathering this week in Bonn, Germany, at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Parties under the @unfccc with a mandate to halt global warming. Join us in the global call to fill Instagram feeds with powerful climate messages. Show the world how you see climate change using #EyeOnClimate.
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#TurningtheTide, with @Sea_Legacy | #WeAreAllIn | #ClimateChangeisReal | @Climasphere | #COP23 | #environment | #bonn | #UNFCCC

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This photo was taken by photographer @deancotthil as part of our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. Throughout the month of November, we will share real photos from Instagram users witnessing climate change across the globe.
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“I was fortunate enough to experience a glacial cave in Iceland - to see the running water and the ice melting was an unbelievable experience. Speaking to locals who could remember where the entrance to the caves were 20 years ago and where they are, was astonishing… Here is a photo of my friend Shawn, standing in one of these caves in Iceland. This is a moment I will never forget. I really hope that it’s not too late and that this is not a story I’ll have to tell me kids. I’d rather go show them ice caves for themselves…”
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- @deancothill
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Show the world it’s time to act on #climatechange.
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#GlobalGoals #COP23 #TurnTheTide #ClimateAction #ClimateChange #ClimateChangeIsReal

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@frostjeff shared this wildfire time-lapse for our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23.
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“Four years ago I set out to show, rather than talk about, an effect of climate change that is happening right now by creating an art film, California On Fire. One of these effects is the intensification of natural weather systems everywhere. In California this manifests as drought, which leads to dry conditions and is the reason fires start with more ease and burn both faster and longer than they have in the past. Part of my process has included firefighter training and travelling to approximately 45 large fires to date. For more, add @frostjeff and watch a preview at vimeo.com/frostjeff”
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How is your #EyeOnClimate?
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Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate. Click the link in the bio to learn more about the campaign and follow @Climasphere to see more photos.

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Legendary oceanographer and activist, Sylvia Earle, shared this photo for our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @unitednations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. Throughout the month of November, we will share real photos from Instagram users witnessing climate change across the globe. To learn more about the campaign, click the link in the bio.
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“As an explorer and champion for our oceans, I always have my #EyeOnClimate. Oceans play a key role in regulating our planet’s climate and also serve as an important indicator of change. From countless dives, I’ve witnessed firsthand how warming ocean temperatures and shifting acidity levels are disrupting marine ecosystems.
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Now more than ever, we must pay attention to the changes happening in our oceans and recognize the connection to our actions. The devastating impacts we're seeing - on land and in sea – all share the same warming: we must accelerate action on climate. As leaders come together at the next UN Conference on Climate Change this November, I urge you to show your #EyeOnClimate as testimony for bold climate action.
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Join me and the UN Foundation in the global call to fill Instagram feeds with powerful climate messages. Show us how you see climate change, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.”
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-Sylvia Earle, @mission_blue
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#EyeOnClimate #ClimateChange #ClimateAction #SDG13 #COP23 #Oceans #MissionBlue #NoBlueNoGreen #HopeSpots #SylviaEarle #OceanStories #OceanConservation #MarineConservation #OceanOptimism #ThinkBlue #Ocean #Sea #Shore #Blue #Beach #Conservation #OceanMinded

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9/9 This photo was taken by photojournalist @ashleycrowtherorg as part of our #EyeOnClimate series:
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“Tenzin Chezen stands with her children outside her new home in the remote Zanskar Himalaya, India. Tenzin and her family relocated from their home village of Kumik due to the village’s glacier disappearing due to warming temperatures from climate change and causing serious water issues.
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It will be increasingly important to recognize that climate change has the potential to forcefully relocate people due to a variety of impacts on food, water, and natural disasters, amongst others.”
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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8/9 Today we officially launch our #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. Throughout the month of November, we will share real photos from Instagram users witnessing climate change across the globe. Showing your #EyeOnClimate can bring climate change to the forefront and help accelerate the momentum for action.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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7/9 Around the globe, thousands of private corporations, are making bold commitments to sustainability and taking climate action. They know that the green business is good business. Healthier environments and market demand present an economic boon to companies and countries alike. In the United States and China, sustainable energy has created more jobs than the oil and gas industries.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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6/9 Cities, in particular, have been pro-active in driving ambitious climate action. Through the Global Covenant of Mayors, over 7,400 cities and local governments from 6 continents and 121 countries have committed to taking voluntary action to combat climate change and to move to a low-emission society. They understand that acting on climate is an immediate opportunity for better health, stronger economies, and resilience to extreme weather events.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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5/9 The global climate challenge demands a global response. To confront the impending dangers of climate change, nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. However, acting on climate change is not the sole responsibility of national leaders. Thousands of cities, states and regions, businesses, civil society and individuals have committed to the bring the goals of the Paris Agreement to life.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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4/9 Areas where drought once struck every decade are now seeing cycles of five or even two years between droughts. Moreover, dry spells are lasting longer, from California to the Sahel. Such droughts present a threat to rising poverty and hunger.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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3/9 Around the world, climate change induced disasters has already been behind the displacement of the millions men, women, and children. The latest numbers from @refugees show that since 2008, 26.4 million people per year have been uprooted due to disaster brought on by natural disasters.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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2/9 Climate change is more than a threat to the environment. It’s a threat to livelihoods, economies, and lives around world. In a speech last May, @unitednations Secretary-General called climate change: “a direct threat in itself and a multiplier of many other threats — from poverty to displacement to conflict.”
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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1/9 In 2017, the world has witnessed devastating disasters in almost every corner of the globe: rampant wildfires across North America, intense hurricanes in the Atlantic, searing heat waves in south Asia, and so much more. From more frequent and severe weather to rising sea levels, it is clear the world is feelings the effects of climate change. Learn how you help raise awareness of climate change by clicking the link in our bio.
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How is your #EyeOnClimate? Share your climate change story with us, using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate.
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#ClimateAction #ClimateChange #SDG13 #COP23

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Swipe ☝️to learn about the future of cities.
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By 2030 more than 60% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas. To adapt, cities must develop innovative strategies to build sustainable, inclusive, and interconnected communities. On World #CitiesDay, we recognize the innovators who are addressing the challenges of urbanization and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
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#CitiesUnited #SDG11 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

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