5 Daily Activities You Can Do to Get Involved With the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a series of 17 goals set up by the 193 members of the United Nations, laid out to act as a framework which all members would use to shape their development agendas over the next 15 years. Set up in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals focus on areas such as providing quality education for all (SDG 4), putting an end to global hunger (SDG 2), and ensuring that life both on land and below water is sustainably managed and protected (SDGs 14 and 15).
Although many people today are aware of the existence of the SDGs, many would also claim that they aren’t sure of how they themselves can play a role in helping to achieve them.
So what can we do to help reach these goals?
- Reuse an old plastic water bottle
SDG 13 looks at Climate Action and how we can actively “take action to combat climate change and its impacts”. The production of plastic, as well as its deposal by incineration, pollute our air, land and water sources. Through taking this small step and reusing an old water bottle, together we can work as a team and cut down on the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis, therefore cutting down on the amount of pollution we create within our climate.
- Engage with Social Media resources surrounding the #SDGs
What with social media being so popular within today’s society, by posting on Facebook or creating a hashtag on twitter you can engage with others to create some incredible conversations around the Sustainable Development Goals.
If you already have a twitter account, have a look at what people are saying about the #SDGs. You can also have a look at our work here at Children in Crossfire by searching #childrenincrossfire, or head over to our Facebook page to have a nosy at what we’re doing to work towards these Goals.
- Buy Ethically
Through buying products such as Fairtrade products you support farmers and workers throughout the developing world. When looking at SDG 8– “decent work and economic growth”, the support of these people is key. By supporting the Fairtrade campaign to create a fair, living wage for all, you can help to create the world with less poverty, less hunger, and with reduced inequalities.
In order to achieve Goal 14 – “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” – recycling waste is one of our top priorities. Through acting as one of the world’s largest water and food supplies, the world’s oceans play a huge role in our development. When our rivers and seas are polluted with rubbish, fish and other sea life greatly suffer. By actively recycling our waste we can help to cut down on the amount of rubbish that is dumped into our waters, creating a healthy environment for our sea life to survive in.
By donating to organisations such as Children in Crossfire you are donating to the SDGs. As a development organisation Children in Crossfire works towards every Sustainable Development Goal, however, we place our particular focus on SDG 4. Through our Development Education scheme, along with our overseas work in both Tanzania and Ethiopia, we actively strive to achieve the Goal that by 2030 everybody will have access to “inclusive and quality education”.