Goal #13

They say if you can explain it in a simple way to kids, you can make it for everyone

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The number 13 often remains as a poor number for being not so lucky in line with superstitious and religious reason.  Surprising enough, climate change which sounds still suspicious for some people comes under number 13 in Global Goals. If we look at the SDGs all at once, we could see the patterns of each segments bonding to each other. The correlation of climate derived issues includes the goals related to the health of individuals till building sustainable communities, in a broader term – sustainable cities and finally it ends with global alarm sometimes neglecting root effect. Below are simplified GG30 goals of that are more essential to climate change.

1.Public Health #3 ( Good health and well being)

While trying to draw the big picture of climate change,  let`s look at it from a different angle. If you think a 1 or 2°C rise matters to the health, then yes, better continue reading. One reason for the large increase in the number of heat extremes directly brings a new pace of pollution and the rest you obviously might forecast.  World Health Organisation (WHO) is sure that, if we bring down air pollution, it would cut rates of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and respiratory disease.

Ozone at outdoor level – which varies to the ozone layer in the atmosphere – forms when sunlight reacts with air pollutants. So, high ozone levels happen when it is radiant and can pull out asthma attacks and breathing problems. Nitrogen dioxide is a result of combustion (burning fuel for heat, power, engines and ships) and has a side effect on lung function, mainly in children with asthma. Sulphur dioxide is a colourless gas released when sulphur-containing fossil fuels are heated to compose heat and power. Elevated levels cause eye irritation, breathing issues and an increase in hospital admissions and mortality among people with heart disease.

2.Clean Water and Sanitation #6

While some countries take their the water resources for granted, some countries are in big demand to the water supply. In this case, climate change reduces the predictability of water availability and increase the likelihood of damage and disruption to drinking water and sanitation infrastructure.

Water supply and sanitation are affected by climate change and have an impact on climate change.The carbon footprint of water supply and sanitation – through energy deployed in for example in pumping,  – can be crucial.

3. Reduced Inequalities #10

One of the recent immigration challenges derives from climate change as well. Human-caused emissions are heating the globe, which is melting the glaciers and leading to global sea levels rising at about 3 millimeters (a tenth of an inch) per year. According to a new study that analyzed aerial satellite images from 1947 to 2014, five islands in the Solomons have sunk totally in that period, and another six have gone between 20% and 60% of their land zone. This is only a small part of the sinking lands worldwide. People are leaving their homes massively in order to find new life in new lands. Unfortunately, those that make it to a new land, their integration in a new society does not happen warm enough or in best scenario the process of social, economic and political inclusion delays which is opposite of one-lifetime universal declaration rights for everyone.

People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change in one of the mentioned above case or in a different way. It lives among us and it has always been there. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is foreseen to rise over the 21st century and is presumable to raise over 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world suspected to warm even more.

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Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to allow countries to shift to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is fastening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will decrease emissions and rise adaptation efforts.

Adaptation measures should take this into account. Single measures, such as demand management and leakage minimization, have some potential to benefit to both mitigations of adverse impact and transformation of technologies and systems to increase resilience. Improved planning procedures and the development and utility of new technologies will support conversion and mitigation in answering to multiple
unfavorable impacts, not just those from climate change alone.

Since climate change is a global challenge that does not know national borders, emissions impacts people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be well harmonized at the international level and it requires international cooperation to drive countries to move to a low-carbon economy.

 

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Young Champions

To the attention of young people between the ages of 18-30!
The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) has launched the Young Campions of the Earth global competition for talented people that can showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that improve our planet’s health.Six winners will receive $15,000 each to help bring their big ideas to life. More than just a prize-giving scheme, the winners will also have a unique opportunity to meet with noteworthy environmental experts and policymakers at UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi and UN General Assembly in New York.

We encourage all potential young people out there to apply!

The application period for this year’s competition closes on 18th June. Full details and the application form are available on: www.unep.org/youngchampions

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established by the UN General in 1972, enabling cooperation of countries and international organizations towards addressing global, regional and national concerns in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. e8a63295-634f-4a9b-851b-4290feb9cbd6