Climate change 'biggest challenge for the young'

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing young people, according to former US president Bill Clinton.

Its cause however, is well known - greenhouse gases - Mr Clinton wrote in the Sun newspaper, making combating the dangers easier.

He urged young people to take steps to reduce their carbon emissions themselves and pointed out that individuals have the power to make an impact on attempts to avoid catastrophic climatic change.

"While governments, universities and entrepreneurs continue to increase our ability to generate electricity using power from wind, sun, and biomass and other clean sources, and to develop cleaner fuels and electric vehicles, we can all do our part by encouraging our families, friends and communities to recycle our waste, turn off lights and appliances when not in use and replace old-fashioned light bulbs with compact, fluorescent and other energy-efficient light bulbs," wrote Mr Clinton.

Other steps young people can take around the home include turning off appliances at the plug, wearing more clothes so the house thermostat can be turned down one degree and take shorter showers.

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