Climate change has become one of the most critical global challenges impacting all aspects of life around the world. Polar ice and glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising.
According to the EU4Climate, the EU-funded initiative which assists Eastern Partnership countries to fight climate change states, Armenia, a landlocked country with 90% of its territory above sea level, is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events and worsening desertification and land degradation.
In addition to the increase in hazardous hydrometeorological phenomena, the annual temperature in Armenia has increased notably, by an average of 1.23 degrees celsius from 1929-2016, while annual precipitation has decreased by an average of 9%.
Climate projections show that by 2100, temperatures across Armenia will increase by 4.7 degrees and annual precipitation will fall by 8.3 degrees.
The Armenian government is taking action to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country. However, adopting action plans is not enough. People’s behavior must also change––something that can be enacted through increased awareness about climate change and its impact on environmental issues that Armenia is already facing.