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In 2018,

Ireland

exceeded its 

greenhouse gas emissions target

by 5m tonnes 

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by 2030

WHY IT MATTERS

The threat of climate change to everyone on the planet and our future generations is real and undeniable. It is already disrupting national economies and affecting lives, weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. The vulnerable people in our society are being affected the most. However, through education, innovation and adherence to our climate commitments, we can make the necessary changes to protect the planet, modernise our infrastructure, create new jobs and promote greater prosperity across the globe.

What Can I Do?


Only buy what you need as a lot of the food we buy ends up in landfill. Compost food scraps which can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients. Work with representatives on your campus and set up a team to plant new trees on your grounds every year. Choose reusable products. Use an eco-bag for shopping, a reusable water bottle or a cup to reduce your plastic waste. Advocate for corporate responsibility. Join petitions and campaigns calling out businesses with unsustainable practices. Bike, walk or take public transport. Consume less meat and become vegetarian for one day a week. The meat production industry has a huge impact on the environment. Reduce your use of paper. Avoid printing and substitute it with electronic devices or carriers. Appeal to your lecturers to only submit electronic copies of your work.





What Are The Targets?


13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. 13.A Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible. 13.B Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities. *Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.