We live in a world surrounded by technology. Just look around, how many devices do you see? Have you ever stopped to think about that?
Every year new things are invented, or those we already know are tweaked to make them more efficient and accessible to everyone. Fortunately, technology has always been in our lives, but unfortunately, we have also heard about climate change, global warming, pollution, global food and water shortages, endangered animals! AND the end of the world!
How is it possible that if we are so creative in developing technology that makes our lives easier, we have not been able to remedy these situations? Could we change and improve the world? Fortunately, there is already a plan that can only be successful if we all work together: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
In 2015, the UN, representing the population of 193 countries, announced the 17 global goals of sustainable development that focused on people, the planet, peace, and prosperity to eradicate extreme poverty, fight against inequality and injustice, and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The 17 SDGs are a collection of independent but interconnected goals carefully designed to give all of us a better future, with hundreds of targets and indicators geared towards 2030.
We must achieve these goals by 2030 to protect the planet and make this world a safer and more equitable place.
What can I do as an Individual?
Although it may not seem like it, reading about the SDGs, knowing their lines of action at a general level, and raising awareness among your family, friends, and colleagues is extremely important and the first step you must take.
That being said, here are 3 actions to help you contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. These activities can be part of your lifestyle or projects. Feel free to share them!
1. ENCOURAGE THE 3 R’S – ‘REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.’
Recycling is more important than ever. The use of single-use containers, such as plastic bags or bottles puts tremendous pressure on our Earth. To reduce waste in our waters and landfills, people must follow the three Rs. You would be supporting SDGs 13 and 14 – “Life on Land” and “Life below Water” by doing your part to reduce the waste produced by your daily activities.
2. SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF FUTURE GENERATIONS – WHEREVER THEY ARE.
Education is the basis of a better future and a pathway out of poverty. There is no dispute on that.
Donate to causes that supply books, build schools, and train teachers everywhere in the world – especially in remote areas. By helping to remove barriers to education, you’re enriching many people’s individual lives and adding talent to the workforce, thus creating the opportunity to have a better life.
3. CHOOSE TO GIVE OR ENGAGE IN CAUSES THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THE MOST
Expand the reach of your impact by engaging in projects that support the SDGs. You can choose multiple projects or just one – that’s up to you. Even some projects may support several SDGs at the same time.
When it comes to giving, engage with causes that are close to your heart. It could be related to education, environment, health, or human rights. In any case, start with the SDG that you feel most strongly about and donate towards causes that support it.
Commiting to Change
It is not long until 2030 comes around. We need to support each other, use our imagination and creativity, but above all, commit to change. If we make these goals known massively, other people might take an interest and cooperate. This is linked to CyberWarrior’s purpose, as it is core to our mission to help people grow personally and professionally – and make sure our planet keeps on turning.