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Sustainable Development Goals: Combating Climate Change/Global Warming 

Over the past few years there has been a rising concern about Global Warming, which is also referred to as Climate Change. Countries worldwide have attempted to address this concern; however, these efforts have been mostly spear-headed by The United Nations (UN). In their efforts, they have created 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) that are based along social justice from a humanitarian lens. Some of those goals include the following: ending poverty, ending hunger, achieving food security, as well as ensuring healthy lives that promote good health, and well-being for all ages. Some of the other goals also include environmental perspectives that focus on the following: climate action, life below water, and life on land.

Many experts within the science community who focus heavily on Global Warming say that this is a serious issue that can be detrimental to all forms of life on Earth by 2040 (Turrentine, para 2). To combat this, the UN in 2016 initiated the Paris Climate Agreement to hold nations accountable while the nations work to their own terms. During Obama’s presidency, the United States (US) had agreed to abide by the Paris Climate Agreement; however, on June 1, 2017 the Trump Administration pulled out of the Agreement. The Paris Climate Agreements goal was to reduce the Climate Change to under 2 degrees celsius by 2030 ( The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica). The US pulling out of this agreement could be perceived as the President and his constituency did not support Global Warming claims, which resulted in the subsequent act of the nation defaulting on the agreement set forth by the Obama Administration. Many claim that the “Earth’s climate has always warmed and cooled, and that the 20th and 21st century warmings are within the norms of warming” (ProCon.org,). One reason for those who deny climate change is based on past data that has provided evidence that the planet has gone through cycles of warming and cooling over the past century. Contrary to the beliefs of those against climate change, there is a plethora of evidence available from the following sources that states otherwise: A 2003 study by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics saw that there were many records that showed the 20th century was by far the warmest of any other (ProCon.org) .

Others believe that humans have caused global warming. Research suggests there are ways to help manage the warming. First, having an open conversation about Global Warming may lead to finding solutions to this problem. Second, civic engagement -- whether by voting or protesting- is beneficial to spread awareness of this issue. Lastly, by reducing the carbon footprint, resources will last longer for the sake of humanity. People who believe in Global Warming say that all of us can play a part to reduce our footprint such as to recycle, walk, or take public transport(“10 Ways to Stop Global Warming”).

Global Warming is a big problem that needs to be addressed before the year 2040. Both countries and the UN have tried to stop this problem. The Current President has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement which is supposed to reduce Climate Change to under 2 degrees celsius by 2025; this could be preserved as the current administration did not support global warming claims. People who don’t support the claims of global warming say that the Earth’s climate has always warmed and cooled and this is just a normal warming cycle. People who support the claim that humans have caused this warming say the best way to solve this is by civic engagement,conversation, and by reducing the carbon footprint of humans. With this evidence that has been given, you must be able to discern for yourself what the correct action is in regards to this issue. Stay tuned for more topics pertaining to social trends in our communities as folks from marginalized identities.

Sincerely,

Keiron

Work Cited

Turrentine, Jeff. “Climate Scientists to World: We Have Only 20 Years Before There's No Turning Back.” NRDC, 17 May 2019, https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/climate-scientists-world-we-have-only-20-years-theres-no-turning-back.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2019, October 28). Paris Agreement. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Paris-Agreement-2015.

“Facilities Management, Northwestern University.” 10 Ways to Stop Global Warming: Facilities - Northwestern University, https://www.northwestern.edu/fm/fm-staff/10-ways-to-stop-global-warming.html.

“Pros & Cons - ProCon.org.” Climate Change, https://climatechange.procon.org/.