Goal 13: Climate Action
We need to be able to measure the impact of climate change by keeping track of the rising sea levels, extreme weather disasters, and food shortages across the world. Natural resource consumption is expected to rise to 170 percent of the earth’s bio-resource capacity by 2040 (World Business Council for Sustainable Development).
Data and technology can be used to monitor and anticipate climate changes and to aid data-led decision-making, from the farmer in Kenya who received an SMS telling her that conditions will be favorable for planting seeds to the Colombian policymaker modeling urbanization using satellite images. There is much more that can be done to use climate-related data to improve food resilience, increase the number of people insured against flooding, save lives by anticipating life-threatening weather events and more.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has an Environment Data collaborative that fosters knowledge-sharing and data innovation in this area.
"This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a liveable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation."