Tackling Climate Change during COVID
For our first virtual meeting of the 2020-21 school year, our co-presidents Anne, Grace, and Madelyn talked about climate change and the UN's thirteenth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG): Climate Action. Because this is only the beginning of our discussion, this meeting was mainly an introduction of the topic.
SDG 13 is "taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts," and in order to accomplish this, the United Nations provides a list of smaller goals to be reach every decade. Out of all of the goals set for 2020, none were met. Issues that arise as a result of climate change also disproportionately impact minority groups and people who do not have access to fix damage to their property from extreme weather.
Our co-presidents provided an overview of climate change, the threat it imposes, and how COVID has affected fossil fuel emissions. They also explained the Paris Agreement. Here are their slides:
They also emphasized the importance of sustainability, especially in ways that everyone can manage.
Our talented co-presidents did an amazing job curating this meeting and they will continue with this goal for the next couple of weeks, so if this interested you, make sure to come to the next one on October 21st at 1 PM. We also may go to Kanuga as well to hike and discuss environmental issues, so stay tuned for more information!