SDG 13, “Climate action”: how Millennials can take action against climate change
There still are people around who believe that climate change isn’t real. Actually, our planet has been changing ever since the beginning of time; the only issue is that in the past 200 years, changes have been more noticeable and extreme, due to human activity. Therefore, climate change is very real and it’s affecting every country on every continent, and of course the poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.
Global emissions of CO2 have increased almost by 50 percent since 1990, and emission grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. In December 2015, the world took its first significant step by adopting the Paris Agreement, in which all countries committed to take action against climate change. However, this is just one step of many more to come in order to achieve this goal, which will require everyone’s efforts.
Governments, businesses, societies and privates will have to embrace new initiatives that promote climate change. The cost of this will for sure be very consistent. However, doing nothing will end up costing us a lot more than if we take action right now, and not just in terms of money.
Private and public sectors will have to figure out sustainable strategies to help limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. But don’t fret, because there are other ways we can follow in order to give our contribution. Here are a few of them:
- You can bike, walk or take public transportation. Save car trips for when they’re actually necessary, and when they are, try carpooling.
- Raise awareness about climate change among children and young people. Everyone’s help is crucial in order to reach a sustainable future.
- You can be more mindful about recycling products like plastic, paper and glass, both at home and outside, to reduce waste.
- You can switch to low energy consumption bulbs and generally turn the lights off when you leave the room.
- You can make sure to buy eco-friendly products, to help reduce environmental impact.
- You can follow the YMCA “Camp Climate”, which seeks to ensure strong youth participation in climate related action .
- You can join “Verdentum”, a non-profit social network that allows students around the world to work on programs co-launched with UN bodies, governments and international organizations to make an impact.
These are just a few tips that you can follow in order to address climate change, but even embracing a couple of them will make a difference. Try them yourself and let’s take action, now. And, if you are already involved with any initiative that aims at reaching this Goal, stop wasting time and go join our competition here!