Namaste people, Happy Sunday and the third day of Global Goals Week,

I hope that you’ve read my last two articles wherein I’ve shared about my recently launched project #sustainably, advocating SDG 13 by the United Nations, and also took you down to the history lane to talk about the birth of the United Nation and the SDGs or Global Goals respectively.

And now I am ready to take on my all-time favourite adventure, CLIMATE CHANGE.
Yes, today I am sharing about the SDG 13: Climate Action.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

As discussed in the last article, the goal of SDGs is the name itself. ‘Sustainable’- a future that is sustainable for generations to come and the environment to replenish.

The United Nations Conference held in 2012 at Rio de Janeiro established a document ‘The Future We Want’ which refers to climate change as  “an inevitable and urgent global challenge with long-term implications for the sustainable development of all countries”. 

The Agenda also identifies, in its paragraph 14, climate change as “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and worries about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Increases in global temperature, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and Small Island Developing States. The survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, is at risk”.

To tackle the problem of increasing carbon and methane emissions and other greenhouse gasses, the need for introducing SDG 13  as a solution was a much-needed step in the direction.

SDG 13: Targets and Indicators

  • Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning
  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning
  • Target 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
  • Target 13.b: Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in the least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth, and local and marginalized communities.


Why do we need SDG 13?
Have you noticed the changing climatic conditions?

In one of my blog posts, I’ve talked about Climate Change and that it’s real and it’s happening now. In a world full of ignorance and denial, this topic has affected everyone. Maybe, you’ve failed to notice it but I’ll share basic examples that point towards the reality of this disaster. 

The threat of climate change looms large on the world and its components. Every place on earth experiences a certain climate, temperature, and rainfall. However, the increase in carbon and methane emissions and harmful human activities, there have been drastic disparities between the three. 

Some western countries experienced extremely hot weather while some states in India were devoid of rainfall which is needed for the survival of many crops. These extreme vagaries in nature and disruptions in rainfall patterns are not only a concern but an alarming situation that must alert everyone to act upon now.

Climate change isn’t a Hollywood movie script,
it’s happening right now!!!

With the global temperature rising steeply across the world, we as humans don’t realize its impact until we’re affected by it directly. Dear reader, please ask yourself if you read about Chennai 2019 droughts and the impact it had on the people, farmers, and life in general. 

Mostly, humans do not bother about issues that do not impact them directly. Hence, we turn our blind eyes towards the issue but in no way it means that the issue doesn’t exist. Similarly, the melting glaciers and the record-breaking temperature in Greenland doesn’t affect us because we are unbothered by its current state. 

However, the day is not far when the effects of climate change will start affecting each one of us in a more harmful manner, thus, crippling our lives and daily activities. Climate change has adverse consequences on human health, migration, food and water availability, temperature, and overall peace.

Pheeeew, Okay, that’s all in science class today for you all.
Haha, I hope you are enjoying this sustainable journey towards a sustainable future.

This is Aakash Ranison signing off,
Keep Head High & Carbon footprints low.