Justification and links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This project focuses primarily but not exclusively on UN Sustainable Development Goals 12, 13 and 17.

This project focuses primarily but not exclusively on UN Sustainable Development Goals 11, 13 and 17

Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Our People Our Climate

This project explicitly engages with a key problem in combating climate change: Providing convincing evidence to people that engages them to a) recognize climate change and real and relevant and b) actually change their own behavior so that it has a meaningful individual and cumulative impact on climate change (Potter 2012, Venkatraman et al 2015).

Visualizing climate change through hemispheric dialogue

Students will learn about the scientific work on climate change and climate change visualization, to recognize and create convincing visual documentation that might actually change their peers’ and their societies’ behavior. Students will also contribute this imagery to large global institutions such as the United Nations, and be active producers of globally recognized visual evidence.

Fighting climate change with nuclear science and technology 

To adapt to changes in the environment, scientists are developing sustainable, ‘climate-smart’ agricultural methods with the help of nuclear science and technology to optimize food production in harsh climate conditions such as drought and high temperatures, while also conserving and preserving natural resources, such as soil and water. They are also researching new methods for protecting energy systems, such as nuclear facilities, from climate-related weather events and disasters. Learn more.

Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

To implement the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals, governments, civil society, artists, scientists, academia, and the private sector need to work together, combining their skills and expertise to be better able to achieve a common objective.

Achieving sustainable development cannot be done by a single organization or government alone. Partnerships are an essential dimension to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://www.iaea.org/about/overview/sustainable-development-goals/goal-13-climate-action

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. This project brings together high-school students from the Canadian Arctic, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia through international online dialogue, to collectively produce professional imagery and video on climate change visualization. The Latin American and Caribbean Regional Youth Group (GRULAC Junior) is a working, discussion, negotiation and preparation group for the active participation of young people from Latin American and Caribbean countries on issues related to the environment and sustainable development, and they are coming together here with youth from the Canadian Arctic to learn together, create evidence together and to produce powerful imagery that will have an opportunity to influence policy and be seen globally.

As such, we are creating a platform here for developing global partnerships and activism among youth across hemispheres and from different climate regimes that will hopefully result in future activism and that provides a practice platform to participate in global dialogue. The project is decidedly applied in focus, in that the main outcome is meant to be exactly the facilitation of global youth dialogue across countries, ecosystems and hemispheres, to contribute to this SDG. 

Nuclear’s contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, all UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These provide a universal set of goals, targets and indicators against which nations will be expected to frame policies over the next 15 years. The goals recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth – all while tackling climate change and protecting the environment.

Related Reading:

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – International Atomic Energy Agency

Report highlights nuclear’s contribution to SDGs – World Nuclear News