SDG 13: Climate Action


SDG 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Facts:*

  • From 1880 to 2012, average global temperature increased by 0.85°C.

  • Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by almost 50% since 1990.

  • Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.

  • Emissions from animal agriculture make up 18% of all greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. That is more than all the GHGs produced by transportation globally.

  • From 1901 to 2010, the global average sea level rose by 19 cm as oceans expanded due to warming and ice melted. The Arctic’s sea ice extent has shrunk in every successive decade since 1979, with 1.07 million km² of ice loss every decade.

  • The Climate Action Summit reinforced 1.5°C as the socially, economically, politically and scientifically safe limit to global warming by the end of this century, and net zero emissions by 2050 as the global long-term climate objective for all.

  • 98% of University accredited scientists around the world say that climate change is real and it is the result of human activity. This is the last generation that will be able to take action to stop runaway climate change and save the planet. Soon it will be too late.


#SDGChallenge:

  • Eliminate meat and dairy consumption for one week and make the single biggest impact on climate change that you can. For recipes and support visit irishvegan.ie

The benefits of the #IEatForChange Challenge:

  1. If one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet, they’ll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year.

  2. 1 Calorie from animal protein require 11 times as much fossil fuel as plant protein.

  3. You would save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would do not taking a shower for 6 months.

  4. A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day versus a meat eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.

  5. Raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth’s land mass.*


Learn more about the connection between climate change and animal production:

  1. www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth

  2. www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/factory-farming-is-killing-the-environment/

  3. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD3sS743XHw&ab_channel=HotMess


  • Check your Carbon Footprint. How can you reduce it?

  • Organize a World Cafe about Climate Change for your colleagues/friends/group you work with. You can find all instruction and thought provoking questions on pages 41-42 of this publication.

  • Take the quiz How Green are You proposed by Development Perspectives on page 107 of this publication. Check especially the answers; even for us – fairly involved in climate change actions – some of them were surprising!


More inspiration:

  • To read

Invento Lab, Italy – example of how we can bring together education and business to work toward reducing climate impact.


  • To watch

As in Climate Hope – one of the trainings we organize – we ask you to approach climate change from 3 different perspectives: brain, heart and hands. Brain is connected with facts and knowledge, heart with emotions and attitude and hands with action. Below you can find three movies representing each of the perspectives:

  1. Brain: TEDx talk of Veerabhadran Ramanathan about Bending the Climate Change Curve

  2. Heart: Charles Eisenstein's video about A New Story of Climate Change

  3. Hands: TED talk of Greta Thunberg



For more info about other SDGs, have a look here.



* These information and calls to action come from the fantastic Development Perspectives material about SDGs. Have a look here to discover more.


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