GOAL 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Information sourced from the UN SDGs |  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

WHAT IS IT

Climate change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates. Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme. 2019 was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded. 

TARGETS

13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

13.A Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible

13.B Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

*Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Despite setbacks from COVID-19, preliminary data show global greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2020. The past six years, 2015–2020, are likely to be the six warmest on record. Climate change puts the achievement of many SDGs at risk. In order to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels as called for in the Paris Agreement, global efforts would need to reach net zero CO2 emissions globally around 2050.

WHAT CAN YOU DO

Be heard

Demand your local politicians/governments restrict industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

Lifestyle changes

Walk or ride a bike when travelling short distances instead of driving.

Reduce the usage and volume of electronic devices.

Take humanitarian Action

Participate in planting trees programs to ease carbon emissions.

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