The trustees of Somewhere Else have agreed to highlight the work of the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals by choosing a different goal to focus on each month. Whilst we are not meeting in our building at the moment; we would encourage our community to think about what they can do at home to work towards these goals. The following information from the United Nations website explains about the goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!
'This is Level 1 to begin with. We will add the others over the next few weeks.' LH ed.
THINGS YOU CAN DO FROM YOUR COUCH
• Save electricity by plugging appliances
into a power strip and turning
them off completely when not
in use, including your computer.
• Stop paper bank statements and
pay your bills online or via mobile.
• Speak up! Ask your local and national
authorities to engage in initiatives that
don’t harm people or the planet. You
can also voice your support for the
Paris Agreement and ask your country
to ratify it or sign it if it hasn’t yet.
• Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer
screen provides a cosy glow, so turn off
other lights if you don’t need them.
• Do a bit of online research and
buy only from companies that you
know have sustainable practices
and don’t harm the environment.
• Report online bullies. If you notice
harassment on a message board or
in a chat room, flag that person.
• In addition to the above, offset your
remaining carbon emissions! You can
calculate your carbon footprint and
purchase climate credits from Climate
Neutral Now. In this way, you help
reduce global emissions faster!”