Primer on Climate Change
Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our time, and we are at a crucial crossroads. Climate change is already affecting every country in the world and its impacts disrupt national economies and lives of people. Without transformative and collective action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will become ever more difficult and costly. Read More: https://www.un.org/en/global-issues/climate-change
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) are the cause of climate change.
Although greenhouse gas emissions dropped by about 6 per cent in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, time has shown that this reduction in emissions is only temporary. Climate change is not on pause. As the global economy recovered from the pandemic, emissions have returned to higher levels.
Saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent action to address the climate emergency in the midst of the pandemic.
The Paris Agreement, is the global agreement on climate change. Adopted in 2015 by 193 countries, it aims to strengthen the multilateral process for addressing climate change and emphasizes the goal of keeping a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Read More: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change/
BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND YOUR IMPACT
Climate Footprint Calculator for Individuals
Are you curious about your individual or your household's climate footprint? The UN carbon footprint calculator will help you get a good estimate. The calculator considers your energy use, travels, eating and consumption habits, etc. to give you a better understanding of how much greenhouse gas your daily activities represent.
There is also the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator developed by US Environmental Protection Agency This helps you convert your emissions or energy data into concrete terms you can understand such as how your emissions compare with the annual emissions from cars, power plants etc.
For more information on measuring and reducing your footprint, check out Climate Neutral Now Resources.
Estimating the footprint of food
"The GiantLeaps Impact Tool allows restaurants, caterers and events to measure and manage the climate impact of the food they serve. Either per dish on the menu, or based on the total food going though the organization."
Quoted from: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now/resources
To read more, click the link above.
Further Learning and Courses
It is imperative that all people from all sectors and all levels of society come together to take action to address climate change. To get communities and individuals to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint and adapt to the climate impacts, we need to foster awareness and build capacity.
To enhance your knowledge base, take a look at the courses and learning resources available at: