The SDGs

Lara Gattermann

Nowadays, it can be a challenge to watch the news without experiencing anxiety. Terrorist attacks, frightening, unreflected statements of politicians, and a wide range of events showing that climate change is real, jeopardizing not only all of our lives, but also those of all other creatures calling our planet their home.

WHAT ARE THE SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in 2015 as the successors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are the key component of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Representing an urgent call for action, they strive to end poverty, meliorate health and education, reduce inequality, and accelerate economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

HOW MANY ARE THERE?

17 goals – one mission: Making the world a better place for us and future generations.

Source: United Nations

Which ones are part of Waterfilter’s mission?

As a matter of course, we cannot complete any of these goals, but we can work towards them. Our mission is based on SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Through the distribution of our filters, we want to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all, starting in Tanzania.
However, we do not stop there. A notable consequence of providing clean water and sanitation is SDG 3: Good Health.
And we do not stop there, either: Through Waterfilter’s economic approach, we strive to create jobs for and teach entrepreneurial skills to locals, which leads us to SDG 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth.

And what about you?

As the “Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving The World” demonstrates, there are many ways to work towards the SDGs from your couch (literally!), such as sharing social media posts on climate change, turning off the lights, stopping paper bank statements or reporting online bullies. 

“Let’s work together to make our economies strong and our climate sustainable. It can be done.”
Paul Polman

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