The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. “The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. In many ways, it reflects what UNDP was created for.”
Riley Brutto '20 and Maddy Chow '20
Due to a lack of education among their population, many Brazilians turn to agriculture as a way to provide for themselves and their families. Additionally, low labor costs draw in large commercial companies that establish business in these developing worlds. However, to obtain farmland in the first place, deforestation has become a common practice, where thousands of miles of lush jungles are cleared away for agricultural practices. According to NASA imaging, 224,000 square miles of rainforest have been cleared in the Amazon. If left unchecked, the drastic consequences could harm not only the countries practicing deforestation, but the entire earth.
Alison Deng '20 and Winny Liu '20
Coastal water, specifically coastal erosion, has been a growing problem due to human impact.
Janna Jann '20 and Sabrina Meng '20
You can take action to combat global climate change! Here are some starting points:
- Use heating only when necessary
- Reduce energy consumption
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
- Use resources wisely!
Meghana Karan '20 and Shruti Shakthivel '20
India is urbanizing very rapidly due to the movement of people from rural areas to urban cities for better opportunities. India does not have the resources or money to back this rapid urbanization of the population in general. This urbanization has created many environmental problems with air and water pollution.
Allia Lin '20 and Grace Wulffraat '20
Taking fish out of the ocean faster than their populations can be naturally replenished
Ayan Mallik '20 and Ethan Talreja '20
- 50% of the world's habitable land has been converted for farming (Farming: Habitat Conversion, 2017)
- Indonesia rain forests have been cleared for the construction of palm oil plantations
- This threatens the habitats of endangered species such as the Asian elephant
Rachel Moreno '20 and Alana Depaz '20
"Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage."
Sravani Ponnaluri '20 and Emily Gonda '20
Industries burn fossil fuels to create goods which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. CO2 contributes to 20% of the world's greenhouse effect, and the level of it in the atmosphere has increased to over 400 ppm when before the French Revolution it fluctuated between 180-280 ppm (NASA, 2016). The coal industry is a big contributor as it contributes to 35% of the total U.S. energy related CO2 emissions (EIA, 2017). This all leads to global warming, which causes rising sea levels, longer plant growing seasons, and an increase in forest fires (NASA).
Austin Shwatal '20 and Ethan Tse '20
What is Groundwater? Groundwater is simply any water that is found in underground permeable rock layers known as aquifers
Arohi Singh '20 and Neha Maddali '20
The effects of human activities on our coasts.
Ryan Talusan '20 and Caitlyn Castillo '20
A potential solution of vertical farming