UNSDG #13: Climate Action

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. 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. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. Climate change, however, is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.

To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris, which went into force in November of 2016. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees centigrade. As of April 2018, 175 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 10 developing countries had submitted their first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change.
UN Sustainable Development Goals


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Wednesday, April 27th
9:55 AM


Jesrein Ayeyi '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nitya Jakka '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Mesoma Akpuokwe '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Our group decided to focus on addressing the 13th UNSDG, climate action. With climate change approaching, more solutions to save our planet need to be implemented. During the research phase, we found that droughts are becoming increasingly common. In California, especially the Bay Area, droughts harm the environment and daily lifestyles. Droughts also reduce water supply for people inhabiting ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

10:45 AM

Food to Fuel

Srihari Gurugubelli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Victoria Nalepka '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Ethan Remedios '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Danica Sun '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Within the IMSA community, there are undoubtedly many issues that pose an environmental threat. However, the issue we’ve chosen to address is the excessive food waste produced by students at Lexington that we fail to deal with in an environmentally friendly manner. Specifically, the food waste we produce is left to decompose and release many tons of methane into ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM