Although I always try to be optimistic, I sometimes find it difficult to remain positive while considering all of the issues in our world. Today, this changed, because world leaders at the UN committed to the Global Goals. The Global Goals are 17 goals which promote sustainable development, and focus on three main pillars: ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and fixing climate change.
I haven’t seen this in the news as much as I expected to, so I thought it was important to write a blog post in case other people weren’t aware of the Global Goals. These goals are really significant because the public has stood behind their creation (people have been sharing selfies showing the goal they support on social media with #globalgoals). Furthermore, they are a way to hold governments accountable for the changes they make – or don’t make.
With regards to the environment, the way we are currently living is not sustainable. According to an article from The Guardian, two-thirds of the world’s resources have been used up… and that article was published in 2005. Another article, this one published in August 2015, states that we have already used up our 2015 resources.
These statistics are concerning for anyone on Earth, but the unfortunate reality is that without action this problem will be on the shoulders of the younger generations who inherited the Earth from people who didn’t care until it was too late.
I don’t mean to blame the older generations for the world’s problems; all I’m saying is that young people haven’t played a huge role in creating them, because we haven’t been alive for very long, but the responsibility to fix those problems still lies largely on us.
Speaking about the Global Goals at the UN today, Malala Yousafzai said, “The future generation is using their voice.” I love that line, because it really speaks to what the Global Goals are; 17 goals that represent the needs of the current generation, but also the future generation. (And by the way, you can watch her speech here, if you like).
The Global Goals website states, “The more people who know about the Global Goals for sustainable development, the more successful they will be. If we all fight for them, our leaders will make them happen.” So spread the word (if you like, share this post or write your own), and fight for the Global Goals to be realized. Together, we can make these goals a reality and make our world a better place for future generations – and for ourselves.