SDG 13: Climate action - Suresh Singh

SDG 13: Climate action

Join Suresh Singh as he learns more about SDG 13 and discovers his impact.

The effects of climate change are becoming consistently visible across countries and continents, disrupting economies and affecting lives and livelihoods. Climate change is caused by human activity which produces CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses. These emissions result in globally increased average surface temperatures and have the potential to harm every ecosystem. 

The time for action is now. Sustainable Development Goal 13 strives to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” by limiting global warming to below 2˚ C by 2030. In December 2015, the world took a significant step by adopting the Paris Agreement, whereby all countries committed to taking climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6% each year from 2020.

Suresh Singh, author, teacher and trained architect, former punk rocker from the East end of London, is affectionately known as the Cockney Sikh. 

Suresh started his learning journey about the importance of climate action, tutored by Malcolm Preston, adjunct professor at Kellogg School of Management.  

In early 2022, the class met face to face for the first time. Through curiosity, group discussion and reflection, Suresh and the class learned that small but consistent actions from each of us make a considerable impact as a collective.

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Meet Suresh Singh

Suresh begins his discovery of SDG 13

We invited Suresh to join the Class of 2030 to focus on SDG 13. Lessons took place online, with a single goal in mind: to give Suresh insight into the SDG to help him understand its relevance in achieving the 2030 goals.

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Suresh reflects on how he found his impact

As a founding member of the Class of 2030, Suresh was astounded to learn of the damage that humanity has inflicted on our planet. He believes that if we live unselfishly and without ego, we can be deliberate in finding solutions together. For Suresh, lifelong learning is critical, there is something new to learn every day. By empowering people to reflect within themselves, we can make the changes in our daily actions that are required to protect Mother Earth.

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Learn with Suresh Singh

Through three online lessons with his tutor, Suresh was exposed to the science as well as the economic, political, technological and social challenges and progress being made in SDG 13. Suresh learned why temperature increases matter, and the importance of education and raising awareness to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

Watch as Suresh reflects on his learning journey

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Lesson 3

Meet the tutor

Malcolm Preston

Malcolm Preston is adjunct professor of Social Impact, Kellogg School of Management and visiting Faculty to the Harvard Executive Education Sustainability Leadership Programme. He was the global head of sustainability services at PWC and is a sustainability adviser to several large international businesses. Malcolm has delivered keynote contributions at the Rio +20 Summit, the World Bank, the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nations. Malcolm was at the UN Summit in 2015 when the global sustainable development goals were adopted.

Malcolm Preston
SDG 13: Suresh Singh - Author

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The Fund’s impact on SDG 13

Our Global Sustainable Equity Fund has an impact rating of 3.19 on climate change.

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