The UN Sustainable Development goals are the goals that have been set to make the world, to put it lightly, a bit more joyful. Cracking the code to the solution of each and every one of the goals are an incredibly huge job, but there has been a massive amount of progress already and it is most likely to only go forward at this point. They are all important, of course, but in my mind the most important ones and the most interesting ones to further work on would be reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, and life below water.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
“Reduced inequalities” is the goal which mostly targets the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states. This goal can be viewed as a combination of a couple of the other goals I feel very strongly about. Some examples would be like “gender equality”, “quality education” and “no poverty” as well, since achieving reduced inequality would result in a lot of people being allowed or being able to work when they were not before. After all a lot of women are refused to work, the reason being because of their gender assigned at birth. Also, a lot of young people do not have the ability to work because of the lack of education, which brings us onto the subject of “quality education”, or more appropriately put; the lack of it. These two points most often occur in smaller living areas, where the examples of these areas are mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph.
What I see fit as suggested solutions could be promoting more donations from people who are able to help those in difficult living situations. This would give them the opportunity to for example buy school supplies to further education, to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables and also it would improve the conditions that they are living in. Another possibility could be trying to have teachers, who have the chance, to come and help out in those areas. Education is after all the answer to a lot of our issues, and it seems this is the case here as well.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
“Responsible consumption and production” is a goal that very much make the world go around more smoothly without doing as much damage. “Doing more with less” is the common saying around this goal. A very big problem around the topic of responsible consumption is the issue about tossing your food because the container says it is “outdated” type of situation.
We humans get immediately frightened for our health the minute we see a little bit of a green dot in our yogurt. But what could possibly be the solution? As we all know us humans really like to have it our way. If we take this to the perspective of responsible production, I can think of a few things that might help. Like for an instance more frozen-goods counters in stores with low-price, “outdated”, food in them and maybe also changing the label “best before [insert date]” to something that perhaps sound a little less like a ticking time-bomb, as it seems people think it says: “terrible after [insert date]”. Also encouraging people not to buy more food than they are likely to finish would probably help the situation out a good bit. Not to mention the importance of using less plastic wrapping and plastic containers for the food. Yes, plastic wrapping makes food last longer, but could we not just shop a little more often and only shop for what we need and not as much for what we just want to have laying around?
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
“Life below water” has a huge impact on our lives as the Gulf Stream regulate our planets temperature, the fish give us food and some of the water here provides us with hydration, so why have we polluted this earth to the point of unintentionally building a whole island of plastic waste? As we all know the ocean is filled to the brim with microplastic and a good bit of not-so-microplastic, which soon enough will make this planet unlivable if we do not take big action into undoing our wrongs. If we do not work hard to make the ocean closer to its’ original state again, we will not have much left as the ocean is one of the biggest factors making this earth possible to survive on.
What we can do to bring more life back to the ocean again? Thankfully, very much can be done by the average person like recycling, using microfiber washing bags to reduce the amount of microplastic going into the ocean, arrange and join beach clean-ups, and so on. What bigger marine-based corporations could do better is definitely getting stricter rules on picking up after themselves in situations where workers accidentally drop things like helmets, buckets, gloves and so on into the sea. Also, workers who are out in the sea fishing should be more careful with their fishing nets and other objects they’re prone to lose or toss into the ocean. For now, at least, we only have one planet earth to live on, so might as well make it a good place for living.
The UN Sustainable Development goals that I have mainly written about each have a list of goals within them on the UN’s website, and hopefully us humans will work harder than ever to save what we have built all these years. Hopefully we will keep on fighting to make this earth good, and better, for our future generations to come.