You see, we as humans need to come together and plan our optimum existence to ensure continuity of our specie. In doing that, we need to have common goals which further strengthen our existence.
SDG stands for ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and in September 2015, the United Nations came up with 17 goals we need to focus on, from ending poverty, protecting the planet to ensuring prosperity for all. I have had conversations with people who believe that the idea of achieving all 17 of the goals is only a fantasy and why bother? My opinion on the sustainable goals are quite clear. If there is a chance of achieving 8 of all the 17 goals and we are unsure of which of the 17 will be achieved, then it is worth it focusing on all 17 goals.
The image below lists out all 17 of the sustainable development goals.
Which ever field you find yourself, there is at least one goal for you to pick and focus on. For everyone, there are several actions the United Nations has listed to get everyone involved. These simple actions will have a tangible effect when we begin to collectively practise them.
It is simply not enough to know about these goals, what really is important is getting to be involved in practices that will foster the growth of these goals to intended target. A few of the actions you can begin to practise by yourself are listed below:
- Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
- Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
- Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste
- Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes. Having to get new bags each time you go shopping consumes too much bags and constitute plastic waste.
- Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
- Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life. This will go a long way un curbing poverty.
- Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
- Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
- Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants.
- Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
- Buy minimally packaged goods.
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
- Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike plastic gas-filled lighters.
Get started, start living to promote the sustainable development goals.