IEA’s Message For Youth on Climate Change

The IEA has released a video, specifically for you, our next generation of leaders! Follow along as former Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven narrates the journey of her own life and the development of the IEA, set in the context of the global community’s journey in understanding and addressing the urgent issue of climate change.

Watch to find out why it is so important to get engaged and how you can take action on this urgent issue!

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Where will reductions need to happen? 

Electricity is a large part of the story.  We need to replace fossil fuel-based production with renewable energy sources, like solar and wind.  You have probably heard a lot about renewables and for good reason: using these sources to provide the energy we need is central to our efforts to fight climate change. By the middle of the century, we need renewables to supply more than half of our electricity– the green section on the graph below.

In the transport sector, we need to build and use more efficient vehicles.  We also need to shift to lower-carbon modes of transport, including mass transit, bicycles and walking.  This will require redesigning some of our cities.

Buildings consume a lot of the energy we produce, over 30%, and we can do a lot to reduce related emissions. We need to build more efficient new buildings that require less energy to heat, cool, and light their premises.  This is particularly true in developing countries where most of the buildings that will exist in 2050 are yet to be built.  In Europe and other developed countries, most of the buildings that we will be using in 2050 already exist and so we need to renovate them to reduce their energy consumption.

Reducing the emissions produced by industry is also important. Iron and steel, cement and chemicals are the principal areas for action.  

Climate Change Wedges


Climate change is "simply the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family" - Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, 2009 

"The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed.... But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait." - Al Gore, Past Vice-President of the United States 

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.” - Barack Obama, President of the United States, 2013 

“Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity… We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.” - Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and Producer, 2007 

"We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late. The science is clear. The global warming debate is over." - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Past Governor of the State of California and Actor, 2006 

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority - Bill Gates

Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents. It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world - Richard Branson