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Ruxi Gîlcă, an 11-year-old from Chişinău, issues a weather alert for the future

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Moldova has issued a weather warning for the year 2050: climate forecasts are bleak unless today’s adults take urgent action. The warning is given by Ruxi Gîlcă, an 11-year-old from Chișinău, who highlights the dire consequences of inaction: “Extreme droughts will wipe out the wheat crop, and natural disasters will cost taxpayers around the world almost $6 trillion.”

This awareness message is part of the global ‘Weather Kids’ campaign, supported by the World Meteorological Organization, aimed at raising awareness of the negative impacts of climate change and mobilizing people around the world to take important climate actions to for the benefit of future generations.

Ruxi’s weather warning ends with a powerful plea from children: “What we have presented to you today is not just a weather report. It is our future. We still have time to change the weather forecast,” urging adults to commit to immediate climate action: reducing CO2 emissions, protecting the environment, promoting renewable energy and supporting initiatives to combat climate change. The ‘Weather Kids’ campaign messages are broadcast on news channels in more than 80 countries worldwide. In the Republic of Moldova, Jurnal TV is the media partner of the campaign.

“Ignoring nature’s warnings can have devastating consequences, turning the planet into a hostile environment for future generations. It is essential to act decisively and at scale now to reverse this negative trend. Through our initiative, we want to mobilize people. Let us listen to Ruxi’s call and pledge today to enjoy a future on our planet that is livable for all,” said UNDP Resident Representative Daniela Gasparikova. the Republic of Moldova.

“It seems absolutely unfair and irresponsible to us and future generations that today’s adults are indifferent to nature, especially since nature is our home. For example, in our generation today, I have only seen snow a few times in my life . What shall I do?” What will the climate look like in 2050? It depends only on us and our responsibility,” notes Ruxi Gîlcă, the voice of the children ‘of the future’.

“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, and I refuse to stand idly by. Through my work with UNDP and projects like An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet, I have witnessed first-hand the resilience of communities combating environmental threats. It’s time to harness our collective power and protect our planet for generations to come. Our children will be our future weather reporters, climate journalists, first responders and medical professionals. Our climate actions already exist and can help us cut emissions by more than half by 2030, but it’s time to take action. Sign the pledge and take meaningful action,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

The Republic of Moldova is one of the most vulnerable countries in Europe to climate change, and is particularly prone to floods and droughts. The 2008 floods alone caused over US$120 million in damage, and droughts between 2007 and 2012 resulted in economic losses of more than US$1 billion, affecting 80% of the country’s territory.

To address this vulnerability and protect the country’s population and economy, the Republic of Moldova, with the support of UNDP Moldova and the Green Climate Fund, adopted the National Climate Change Adaptation Program in 2023, a document setting goals that aim to increase climate change. climate resilience of six key sectors (agriculture, health, transport, energy, water and forestry) and is accompanied by an action plan for preventing and overcoming risks.

You can sign the call for immediate climate action by visiting the campaign website: www.weatherkids.org