The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the UN’s answer to climate change, poverty and all those other problems that keep us awake at night. In the coming time I’ll make a humble attempt to explain each goal and give tips how we can use them as a guideline for a livable future.

A little update

I will always remember 2020 as a special year. Of course because of this stubborn virus, but mainly because of a change of plans. I had a lot of time to think. About who I am (professionally) and what I want to do. Through my experiences during the world trip and my work for the sustainable travel platform Honeyguide I realized that I want to become a sustainability consultant (it’s quite exciting to say this out loud!). Helping others to make their business more sustainable.

I am still in the process of figuring out how to do that exactly, so I’m doing a lot of research and trying a lot (any tips are welcome ????). A few weeks ago I saw an ad on Instagram for Festival der Taten. Very un-me, I signed up without thinking. In a weekend-long workshop we used the design thinking method to develop sustainable, creative solutions for a challenge. The weekend was organized by 17Ziele, a German initiative promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Each challenge was related to one or more of these goals.

Impressions of Festival der Taten: In a weekend-long workshop we used the design thinking method to develop sustainable, creative solutions for a challenge related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
Impressions of Festival der Taten

At Honeyguide, we used the Sustainable Development Goals to create criteria to determine the positive impact of a hotel or another touristic place. It intrigued me to learn how the SDGs could be put into practice in other areas of life. Since we (usually) only spend a small part of our time traveling. The Festival der Taten was an amazing experience where I learned a lot (about myself) and met so many amazing people. And it inspired me to dive deeper into the Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

Throwback: In 2015 the United Nations celebrated their 70th anniversary. But instead of looking back the members looked forward. How do we want to live in 2030? How do we want the world to look like? And most importantly, how can we achieve this? The result was “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, a very detailed plan, “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.” All members signed it.

The core of this plan are 17 goals that shall guide us towards a better future. These Sustainable Development Goals, short SDGs, address the most critical areas in which we as humans need to improve. They are based on five core values. Two of them will sound familiar to you if you have ever followed a class in Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility: people and planet. You might notice that the typical profit is missing. It has been replaced by prosperity, which I personally find a great choice. Because it goes beyond the monetary value of things. The other two are peace and partnership. Each of the 17 goals promote one or more of these core values.

Vicuña in the Atacama desert in Chile
One of the most beautiful photos we took during our world trip: a Vicuña in the Atacama desert in Chile

SDGs as a guideline for a better life

Great that the United Nations have such an ambitious plan. There is just one tiny problem with it. We can’t just sit back, let the UN do their thing and hope for the best. It requires action from each and every one of us.

I see the SDGs as a guideline to a more sustainable life. The great thing is that even small actions can make a difference. This is my humble attempt to explain each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in an easy way and share some tips how we can incorporate them in our daily lives. And because this still is a travel blog, I’ll as well give some tips what we can do on the road.

I thought that each goal deserved its own post. I will keep adding new goals whenever a new post is ready. Read how you can help change the world:

Thank you for reading (you probably just got some karma points ????).

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