Is your future important enough to make a difference?
By now, if you haven't read or heard about the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) or COP26, then it's likely planet earth is not on your list of priorities.
There are 17 SDGs developed by the UN, all aimed at transforming our world as we know it now into a healthy, ethical and empowered population by 2030 - nine years from now. Ambitious? Yes! Impossible? It depends on where you sit, or stand or live.
- GOAL 1: No Poverty.
- GOAL 2: Zero Hunger.
- GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
- GOAL 4: Quality Education.
- GOAL 5: Gender Equality.
- GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.
- GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.
- GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
- GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
- GOAL 11: Sustainable cities and communities.
- GOAL 12: Responsible consumption and production.
- GOAL13: Climate action.
- GOAL 14: Life below Water.
- GOAL 15: Life on Land.
- GOAL 16: Peace and Justice strong Institutions.
- GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal.
These goals aren't new. They were developed back in September 2015 when the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The SDGs are a call to action for all of us as human beings living on planet earth to make a better future for ourselves, our children and our children's children.
Some people might be thinking, 'What can I do to make the planet a better place to live?' Here are a few suggestions:
1. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
2. Encourage a healthy workplace e.g. promote wellness and wellbeing, use less paper, recycle, discourage single-use plastics.
3. Give to projects that support the SDGs.
4. Make water conservation a priority.
5. Review your supply chain to ensure that all stages uphold sustainability best practice.
6. Invest in renewable energy - solar, wind and biofuel.
7. Support the education of the future generation.
8. Volunteer / encourage volunteerism.
9. Give to causes that are close to your heart - education, health, environement, human rights.
It may seem like an insurmountable task when you consider the magnitude of these goals. But, like I said at the start - if we each do our own little bit in our own corner of the world, the ripple effect will take hold.
Is your future and your children's future important enough for you to take that step to make a difference today?