What's your SDG?
In 2015, the United Nations set 17 inspiring goals to transform the world by 2030. The goals are a template to make the world a better place and our future more sustainable. If you’re not familiar with the SDGs, have a look at the link below. The UN and many hardworking partners have created some inspiring content.
In 2018, I moved out of an apartment I lived in for 13 years. When cleaning up, I discovered I had collected so many things. On reflection, my consumption was pretty much unchecked for over a decade. Buying stuff was a normal and regular part of life. Amazon and 1-click ordering made it so easy to over consume.
So back to the SDGs. After studying them at a sustainability course at NYU, I adopted Climate Action as my personal goal. My consuming way of life was a significant contributor to rising CO2 emissions. I alone didn’t do all the damage, but when you multiply it by millions, our planet suffers.
What changes did I make by adopting SDG #13?
Sold or gave away most of my unnecessary stuff
In the process of selling my car
Eaten less meat
Increased vegetarian foods in my diet
Before buying anything, I ask myself if I need it
Deleted Facebook (it might sound unrelated, but it helped me to reduce the desire to consume).
All the above changes have been a real positive in my life. I understand these small adjustments will not solve climate change. However, on an individual level, it’s a significant first step. Before we can solve bigger problems, we need to get our own house in order.
As a new year is upon us, how about choosing an SDG for yourself? You will make the world a better place and you can learn a lot about yourself too.
What’s your SDG?