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Got a question about climate change? Share it here and we'll put it to the experts

Time to find out which changes are really going to make an impact.

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OUR WORLD REALLY is amazing – somehow our sun doesn’t explode, painkillers are able to target the exact location of our pain and you’re sometimes able to feel perfect on only a few hours of sleep. (Learn more about those facts here).

But right now, our world is very much in trouble. Millions of people have taken part in climate change strikes across the globe. Unfortunately, animals and plants are disappearing at a faster rate than any other time in human history and currently, we’re not on course to meet our carbon emission targets.

The good news is that according to some of Ireland’s leading environmental scientists, collective action can be extremely powerful – particularly when it leads to governmental changes. That’s why we’re offering readers a direct link to some of the country’s leading scientists in the field.

From our choices at the supermarket (is it more powerful to opt for Irish produce or for minimal packaging?), to what the impact of climate change will look like for us in Ireland, here’s your chance to ask a panel of experts. 

To get you started, here’s what we’re wondering in Journal Media HQ about climate change and how we tackle it.

Should we really be focusing on eliminating plastic straws? How much plastic waste in the ocean is from consumers and what can we do about the part that’s not?
What’s the single most important change you can make to help the planet? If everyone was to make one change, what should it be?
How can we get the people around us interested in climate change?
Aside from cutting out meat, what other diet changes should I make to be more sustainable, I’ve heard almond milk is really not sustainable?
What kind of crazy weather should we be prepared for in Ireland in the coming years?

So tell us, what’s the one thing that you’d like a scientist to explain about climate change? We’ll put your questions to three scientific experts later this week. Just let us know in the comments below latest by close of business on Wednesday, 13 November. Alternatively, you can email your question to hannah@thejournal.ie.

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Would you love to learn more about climate change? Science Week takes place this year on the 10-17 November and will focus on climate action, seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change. Find your local events for Science Week here.

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