Did you know that over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods? This goal aims to conserve the oceans, seas and marine resources.
What can you do?
Limit the amount of fish you eat
Only buy sustainable and responsibly sourced fish and seafood
Take part in beach, canal and river clean-ups
15. Life on land
Forests are home to more than 80% of the world’s animals, plants and insects. Goal 15 aims to protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.
Avoid buying products made from endangered wildlife such as ivory or tortoise shell
Instead, support companies and trusts that protect and restore nature
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
In 2018, the number of people fleeing war and persecution exceeded 70 million. Goal 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies through sustainable development and access to justice, and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels.
What can you do?
Stand up for human rights by supporting institutions that have people’s best interests at heart
Support a refugee charity
If you run a business, comply with laws and partner with organisations that meet international standards
Achieving the SDGs could open up over nine trillion market opportunities and create 380 million new jobs by 2030. The final goal aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.
I don’t know about you but I’ve enjoyed learning about the SDGs. But the world is not on track to meet these goals by 2030. Progress has been slow, and, thanks to the pandemic, some of the goals have reversed. But that just means we need a renewed global commitment. And you can be involved.
Wondering what to do to meet sustainable development goals? The most powerful thing is educate yourself about what you can do about sustainable development goals, and share what you’ve learned with others. I’ve learned to be curious about what the goals mean for my local community. And I’ve decided to give my time and skills to organisations working towards making them a reality.
If a particular goal speaks to you, Global Giving has devised a way for you to donate to charities and organisations that support it.
I’ve learned that we each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals. We need awareness, action and accountability from global leaders. And if we all work together, anything is possible.