2030 Agenda: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030 Agenda are more than just topics that deal with climate protection measures. They cover different aspects for people’s lives on our globe in order to remedy the grievances of this world.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time.
The global average temperature is currently 1° Celsius (= 33,8° Fahrenheit) higher than in pre-industrial times. The last four years have been the warmest times since we began documenting temperature records in 1880. The CO2 concentration in our atmosphere is rising rapidly, increasing by 146 percent compared to pre-industrial times. As a result, the ice in the poles and in the glaciers around the world is melting. In the past 25 years, 3 trillion tons of ice have melted. This amount corresponds to 150 tankers fully loaded with ice driving past us on the motorway every second.
As a result of climate change, there are more frequent landslides, floods, hurricanes, periods of drought and heat, heavy rains and storm surges. These natural occurrences destroy houses and crops. People are losing their homes and their food supplies. About 21.5 million people are forced to leave their homes and flee every year due to the effects of climate change. This is similar to all Australia’s residents moving to another country at the same time. Not only people are being forced out of their habitat, but also animals and plants are affected by global warming and threatened with extinction.
Between 1998 and 2017, climate change was responsible for damages amounting to almost $ 2.3 trillion. Around 1.3 million people have died during this time as a result of climate-related disasters. Yet more than $ 100 billion is invested in fossil fuels than in climate protection.
Planting trees supports various UN goals
Planting trees promotes various UN goals, some of them directly, some others indirectly. The most important UN goals of tree planting are the following ones.
The number one reason forests are cut down is poverty. Families sell timber to feed themselves. Planting trees counteracts this fact. Tree projects create jobs that lead to sustainable livelihoods. The effects of climate change will hit poor countries the hardest.
The cycle of life on land and in the water (e.g. through mangroves) is of crucial importance. Maintenance of our natural ecosystems, the overall bio-diversity, and the associated global stability are the major concerns.