The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the agenda of the people. It is comprised of goals and targets to improve the lives of all of us and to secure the existence of an Earth we can live in centuries from now. Hence why it is not enough to sit back and watch politicians sign agreements and engage in strategic partnerships. You and I are people just like our representatives and it is our duty, to ourselves, future generations and every form of life who inhabits this Earth along us, to do something.
2016 is the Year of Living Sustainably. It marks the start of an era in which every human being starts living in a sustainable way, and while it may seem like a herculean task, it is not! First of all, we do not have to do it all at once, but it is important that we embark on this journey. If we —the civil society, business owners and our representatives— take conscious steps towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, a positive change will start happening soon.
Some of the things we, as citizens, must do to develop a sustainable lifestyle most likely are things we already do. And if not, adopting a healthier, cleaner and more efficient lifestyle will help ensure our happiness as well as that of those around us. Remember a habit is created in only 21 days! From the moment you read this article, you have roughly 270 days to create good habits that are kinder to the planet and all those around you.
Change starts at home. You can do things as simple as meat-free Monday to help reduce methane emissions, use the three Rs (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle), plant a tree, join a volunteer program in your community and make sure you’re involved in the decision making within it.
For other simple ways of making a change, check the UN’s The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World.