If there is a priority for humanity in the middle and long term, it’s minimizing the effects of climate change. Not many other realities affect in such a transversal way every part of the planet. Besides, in this case the transition is not going to be fast neither easy. A global compromise is necessary.
While the consequences of what has been done wrong are already notable, our planet keeps suffering the new ones. Thus, the measures to help combat climate change are urgent and must be efficient. In this context, the Sustainable Development Goals have the function of establishing the necessary objectives; so we can reach a global scenario where societies keep advancing. Every time with a bigger equality of opportunities and in a safer, healthier and more sustainable environment.
One of the most crucial ones is SDG 13, whose title is Climate Action. In this article we tell you the precedents, the main objectives and the concrete targets Agenda 2030 is after in one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established back in 2015.
Which are the targets of SDG 13?
There are five main targets to achieve an effective Climate Action and contributing to get the main objectives of Agenda 2030.
- Strengthening the adaptation of every country to the climate risks and/or the natural disasters that might occur.
- Implementing measures related with the fight agains climate change in national plans, strategies and policies.
- Improving the institutional sensitization and the education related with the reduction, adaptation and minimization of climate change and its effects.
- Applying the acquired compromises by the signing countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- Incrementing the capacity of scheduling and management against climate change in developing countries.
What are the effects of climate change that SDG 13 fights?
SDG 13 is focused in reversing a situation that is not sustainable in the future. The decade of the 2010s has been the hottest one since there is a register of temperatures. Concretely, the last year of that decade, 2019, has had the highest CO2 levels in history, along with the greatest concentration of greenhouse effect gases in our atmosphere. Even though in 2020, due to the pandemic, those levels decreased, there is a fear of those emissions growing fast until recovering the numbers previous to the pandemic.
This is worrying, since the temperatures are high in part because of that increase of pollution. A pollution that we keep on producing. We need to break that vicious cycle before it’s too late for the Earth.
The temperature rise results in visible effects, as hotter oceans, rise of sea level or decreases on the levels of ice in our planet. But, at the same time, there are others that we may not know; for instance, for every degree that the global temperature rises, the cereal production decreases by a 5%.
Because of that, the changes in the current behavioral dynamics, as well as effectively applied technological advances, become key when it comes to proceeding to limit the rise in the global temperature. Which we need to prevent to be higher than 2 degrees over the preindustrial era.
The Climate Action of NewTandem
At NewTandem, we perfectly know that as a company we play a fundamental role in this story. We have a compromise with our labor to fight climate change. And with little gestures, we contribute to it.
In our offices, single-use plastics are eliminated. Every employee has their own reusable bottle, to avoid the excessive consumption of plastic that ends up in containers. We also reduce paper consumption to the minimum, by printing what is strictly necessary. And something very important: we are aware and conscious about energy saving.
These are just a few of the measures we set as part of our contributions to the SDGs. We know the importance of progressing as a society in the framework of sustainable development. Only starting to implement those measures we can help to achieve the goals we need to reach as soon as we can.
SDG 13: FAQs
What do SDGs mean?
They are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Directed towards the reduction of inequalities and the fight against climate change. The progress of most vulnerable sectors of society goes along with the consecution of a cleaner, healthier planet. You can check all of them here.
What is SDG 13?
It’s one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and it is related with Climate Action. Everything governments and other organizations and institutions can do to reduce pollution and other effects of climate change.
What is the main purpose of SDG 13?
SDG 13 has five main targets and they are all related with the motto of this goal: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.