Goal 13 – Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The whole world is affected by climate change. It disrupts the economy and causes extreme changes in weather patterns. Despite these alarming events, greenhouse gas emission levels are dangerously high, and cause the earth to heat the world’s average surface temperature even more. Sadly, poverty-stricken communities feel the impact of this the worst. International co-operation is necessary to make a sustainable end to climate changes.
Since 1990 carbon dioxide emissions have almost doubled, and the impact of this is noticeable in the world around us. For example, grain yields lower with around 5% for every 1°C raise in temperature. The warmer the earth becomes, the less food it can produce. Even if all emissions are stopped, climate change is irreversible, which is even more reason to keep emission levels as low as possible.
SDG 13 aims to reach its goals in conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, by including climate change plans in national policies. It focuses on strengthening countries’ capacity to react to natural disasters caused by climate change. The goal is to start the Green Climate Fund to support developing countries to counteract the occurrence of climate change.
An Introduction to Goal 13
Written and created by our team in Jalova, Costa Rica
Number of trees planted
Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)
have increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990
Emissions grew more quickly
between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades
It is still possible,
using a wide array of technological measures and changes in behaviour, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels
From 1880 to 2012
average global temperature increased by 0.85°C
Oceans have warmed,
the amounts of snow and ice have diminished and sea level has risen
It is likely that by the end of this century,
the increase in global temperature will exceed 1.5°C compared to 1850 to 1900 for all but one scenario
Our Related UN Target
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional
capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning