Climate Action is goal 13 on the United Nations list of Global Goals to achieve. Climate change has been an issue as every country is experiencing, first hand, the drastic effect it is unleashing. Global warming is on the increase as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise about 50% since 1990. According to practicalaction.org climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and is costing about $1.2 trillion which is 1.6% of the global GDP annually.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Global warming is causing a rise in temperatures and melting polar ices, causing ozone layer depletion, hurricanes and tsunamis.
Sadly, earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and flooding have been on the increase and have cost loss of lives and properties worldwide. Mass migration and loss of livelihoods have dented economies badly.
These and more is why the climate action goal should be a serious priority, especially in developing countries.
CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE ACTION
Disaster and risk management invest about 6 billion dollars every year for relief and other logistics. But more financial input is needed globally. Sadly, it seems like not many personally care to do something about climate change but instead contribute to it.
GOALS OF CLIMATE ACTION
- To strengthen resilience and capacity to handle climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
- In like manner, integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
- Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
- Implement the commitment undertaken by developed countries to the United Nations Framework
- Additionally, acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
- Cutting down and gradually replace fossil fuel with alternative sources of power and generation like solar energy
- Secondly, avoid as much as possible all forms of bush burning and other degrading agricultural practices
- Every nation should integrate disaster risk measures into national policies and enact them
- Furthermore, improve awareness and reduce the impact of disasters by early warning and preparation with evacuation plans in worse case scenarios
- In the same fashion, we can equally stop tree felling and encourage tree planting as they help to mop up the air of Carbon
- Manufacturing and endorsement of environmental-friendly products that emit zero or negligible amounts of Greenhouse gases
- Create more awareness about the effects of especially Greenhouse effect and global warming via every possible medium
- Reduce energy and water wastages by using energy-saving appliances and effective recycling.
Climate issues affect the Air, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. And the issue of climate and how to deal with the issues that negatively surround it cannot be overemphasized. We’ve got to maintain and sustain it as we pass it down to the generations after us. Let’s collectively do something to preserve our planet today! Spread the word.
Find detailed information and statistics about Climate Change on the UNDP site.