18 SEPTEMBER, 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is an appeal to every person on the earth to protect our planet, end poverty and hunger as well as establish world peace. These Global Goals are intended to provide a safe and nurturing environment to every living being on the planet.

SDG was introduced in January 2016, and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) is helping to implement them through their work in around 170 countries. The Sustainable Development Goals are a combination of 17 different goals covering issues like climatic change, sustainable consumption, and economic inequality, etc. All these goals are interconnected.

SDG need a co-operation from all the leadership levels across the globe such as Government, international organisations, and world leaders. A single person’s efforts will not be sufficient to cause a significant impact. The dream of sustainable development in the world will come true in the coming years only when everyone will implement some practices in their routine.

Here are a few ways in which you can contribute to the sustainable development around you:

Changing small habits

Leaving the AC on in an empty room or getting paper slips of ATM, we all do so many things which are responsible for environmental loss in the long run. Paying attention to such small habits and changing them is crucial for sustainable development. Here is what you can do,

  • Turning off the electrical devices when not using them.
  • Paying bills online.
  • Not getting paper statements from banks.
  • Encouraging other people around you to do so.

Bringing the ways of sustainable living at home
The change in the world starts at your home. Educate yourself to save non-renewable resources like electricity, water, etc. You can do small things at your home like,

  • Air drying your hair instead of using hair-driers.
  • Taking short showers.
  • Limiting your meat consumption.
  • Freezing the leftover and fresh products so that you can eat them before they get spoiled.

Changing the world around you  
Changing the way you look at the world is key to achieve sustainable development goals. Taking care of the surrounding environment is as important as doing the same for your home. You can adopt practices such as

  • Using public transport options whenever possible.
  • Carrying your personal belongings such as bags and bottles every time you are out.
  • Making shopping lists to avoid impulsive buying.
  • Ordering ‘sustainable sea-food’ from the restaurants.

Adopting a cost-effective lifestyle
Furthermore, economic empowerment and removal of poverty are also included in the Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve these goals, you can take the following steps,

  • Shopping from local vendors to support the neighbourhood business.
  • Mentoring your children to save non-renewable resources like petrol or water.

Educating others
Our world will be a better place when everyone adopts sustainable ways of living. Nowadays, most people have access to the internet. However, not everyone is aware of SDG. You can reach out to such people through your social media and educate them about the importance of sustainable living. You can also encourage your friends, family members, and colleagues to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

Every government in the world is taking major steps to achieve them as Sustainable Development Goals are crucial for the preservation of all resources on the earth. In India, Government has launched Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for development of affordable housing units in different parts of the country. Government has ensured that the houses developed under PMAY are built to achieve the Sustainable Goal no. 11, which is making cities safe, resilient, and sustainable. 

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