Your messages for COP21 leaders

Your messages for COP21 leaders
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  • People from around the world share their personal concerns about climate change
  • They want to make sure that world leaders attending the U.N. COP21 climate summit in Paris are listening

(CNN)Albina, who's from the South Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands, doesn't want her homeland to disappear and her people to become refugees. Deepak in Nepal wants to make sure there's enough food and clean water for everyone. And Julie from France hopes polar bears will stick around for many generations to come.

It's easy to think of climate change in broad, far-reaching terms. But these people around the world know it could not only affect the Earth as a whole but have very real consequences for their own communities, whether they're in the South Pacific or central Europe. Island nations could be submerged. A third of species may be at risk for extinction. And all kinds of weather could get more severe.
That could all happen if the Earth's temperature increases by just 2 degrees Celsius. So people like Albina, Deepak and Julie want to make sure world leaders attending the U.N. COP21 climate summit in Paris are listening.
    We asked you to share your biggest worries about climate change for COP21 participants. Among your chief concerns: rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms that could flood coastal and low-lying areas; droughts that could threaten the availability and prices of food and water; and threats to animal populations, endangered species and biodiversity.
    Watch the video above to see some of the biggest issues you want COP21 leaders to address, and add your own thoughts here.