COVID-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying. There is good reason to worry: a sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930s.
The ASEAN Post recently published an article on extreme climate in Myanmar and its threat to the locals, agriculture, ecosystems and more. It is said that Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of climate crisis. Extreme droughts and flooding in recent years and cyclones such as Nargis have affected millions of locals and cost thousands their lives.
The rhetoric around climate change is shifting, with terms like “Climate Crisis” and “Global Heating” becoming commonplace in leading international newspapers. This change is less to do with the growing scientific evidence of impending catastrophe and more to do with the efforts of those most at risk of inaction – our children.Whilst my generation remains in denial, transfers blame or carries on with “business-as-usual”, young people are taking action against the Climate Crisis.
As megacities emerge across the globe, the ones in Asia remain among the fastest growing and cheapest places to build. These cities will continue to grow in size and affluence, due to ever-increasing urban populations. The United Nations (UN) describe megacities as urban areas with a population of 10 million or more. If urban populations continue to swell at their current rate, the number of megacities in the world could increase to 43 by 2030.