In 2015, the member countries of the United Nations adopted 17 goals as an agenda to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
This is a lofty ideal, but is it achievable? Especially if you think about the
- number of people who live in poverty,
- the amount of corruption that is rampant in many countries of the world,
- the human races poor track record when it comes to sustainable development
But do we have a choice? No! The extreme weather events that we are seeing in the last couple of months would indicate that we don’t! Climate change is happening and is a result of poor / uninformed choices we have made in the past.
Maybe if we break it down into personal goals and take “small bites of the pie” we will be able to achieve something! Because most of us don’t have the contacts to influence our countries policy decisions, have no idea how to camping against corruption, and we can’t do anything about our past other than learn from it!
So what can I do?
Perhaps I could do one or all of the following
- Reduce my ecological footprint – refuse to buy items that produce excessive amounts of waste, recycle, conserve water, buy organic or locally produced etc
- Shop ethically – buy fair trade products where possible
- Live more simply – reduce my consumer footprint 😄
- Live generously – take the money I save by living simply and invest it in development programs for those less well of, such as the Tearfund Microenterprise program
- talk to people about the small steps I am taking