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SDG 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. Goal 13 is about invoking climate action through education, innovation and adherence to climate commitments, to make the necessary changes to protect the planet. These changes also provide huge opportunities to modernize our infrastructure, which will create new jobs and promote greater prosperity across the globe.

SDG 13: Climate Action

York builds Canada’s first Climate Solutions Parks

Pictured here: Students from the Youth Education in Sustainable Renewable Energies and Agricultural Learning program in a workshop, constructing a hexagonal raised garden bed with expert permaculture designer, Angelina Cristinzo.   

Professor José Etcheverry from York’s Faculty of Environment & Urban Change received support to create new experiential education opportunities for inner-city and Indigenous youth to help tackle climate change. With a grant from Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada, two physical Climate Solutions Parks were set to be created in Toronto and Penetanguishene, Ontario. Students were expected to work directly with local companies, elected politicians, First Nations leaders and non-governmental organizations who are committed to climate change mitigation, adaptation and local community development.



publications relevant

to SDG 13




achieve carbon neutrality


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co-authored with international institutions


programs relevant
or related to SDG 13

Youth Climate Report

partnering with UNFCCC since 2011

Bike Share is used by York community members

Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Indigenous Climate Leadership and Self‑Determined Futures

Home of the Ontario Climate Data Portal


consecutive years

as one of Canada’s top 100 greenest employers


Student-led solutions for reducing York’s carbon emissions
Climate change mitigation in action at York