TAP SDG13 – Lesson Plan 1 – Definitions & Resources

Climate Action – Global Awareness & Understanding Definitions & Resources

Possible Subjects: Geography, English, PDHPE

Years: 7-12

Lesson: 1 of 3

Context and Definitions:

  • Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, but since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels (like coal, oil and gas), which produces heat-trapping gases.
  • Global warming refers to a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.

    There are significant trigger points in global warming trends:
    • 1851-1935
      • Overlaps with the Second Industrial Revolution
      • Low-High range in global temperature increase: -0.4°C to +0.6°C
    • 1936-2020
      • Overlaps with the Third Industrial Revolution
      • Low-High range in global temperature increase: +0.6°C to +1.5°C and up
  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

    The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

    Countries have committed to prioritize progress for those who’re furthest behind. The SDGs are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls.

    The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.

More Resources:


Historical Trends in Global Monthly Surface Temperatures (1851-2020)

‘SDSs in Action’ – United Nations SGDs information

SDG 13 Information

SDG 13 Targets