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You, yes you, can help the world reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals

You, yes you, can help the world reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.

You, yes you, can help the world reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The whole world gathered in Rio De Janeiro in June of 2012 for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. There was one clear aim: to agree on a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges our world is facing in the 21st century.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced the former Millennium Development Goals, born in 2000 to tackle poverty and hunger. Under this initiative, more than 1 billion people were lifted out of poverty, and child mortality dropped by more than half. Building on this success, the SDGs were initiated as an urgent call to get the world onto a more sustainable path. Let’s take a closer look at what sustainable development means, how Aurora aligns with these values, and how you can help.

First of all, what are the SDGs?

The SDG goals were adopted by all UN member states in 2015. There are 17 goals in total, which recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Together, the SDGs and Paris Agreement provide a common set of principles and achievable targets to ensure a sustainable future.

All the 17 goals interconnect, so success in one affects the success of the others. For example, goal number 13 on climate action impacts goal number 14 aimed at protecting life in the oceans. Achieving the SDG number 5 on gender equality also helps eradicate poverty and hunger – SDG numbers 1 and 2. The goal on gender equality is key to achieving the SDGs as women’s empowerment is tightly linked to economic development. Needless to say, achieving the goal of mitigating climate change is essential to ensure all the other targets.

Sustainable consumption and production

Although the aim and targets in the SDGs are global in nature, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do as individuals. Fulfilling the reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change might be up to national climate policy and the actions undertaken by energy companies – but we all affect the world through the choices we make every day. SDG number 12 targets achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns, including sustainable management of natural resources and efficient disposal of waste and pollutants. SDG number 13 says to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact and while this may sound like it only applies to governments and companies both of those bodies are made up of individual people like you.

Aurora Sustainability encourages individuals to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. By taking the quiz and reading the blog, you'll get suggestions on how to consume responsibly, as well as advice on habits that are easy and impactful. The Aurora quiz encourages individuals to make greener choices when it comes to diet, recycling, energy consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases, modes of transport, as well as green investments. Making better daily choices in these areas is key to achieving the SDGs. However, we know consuming responsibly can be a challenge.

Oh yes, we can!

You need to know where to go: which shops offer sustainable products, and which brands are ethical in their production methods, offer decent labour conditions, and at the same time respect nature’s boundaries. We asked Annette Holst and Elisabeth Holst Nyström, the entrepreneurs behind the sustainable webshop called Ohyes about where to go for sustainable consumption. They recommend where to go, depending on your needs:

For clean beauty products, they recommend checking out Credo Beauty. They have very strict policies on what they are selling, and even though they only ship to the US, you can look out for the brands they are selling locally. Content Beauty Wellbeing is a British store that ships internationally. Thrive Market is an American online food shop that provides really great products.

Ohyes is a webshop that only offers products that are clean, natural, sustainable and ethical, without compromising on quality and design. Annette and Elisabeth are sisters and co-founders of Ohyes, which they started to drive awareness of the importance of sustainable production and consumption. They wanted to tick all the boxes when it comes to health, sustainability, ethical trade as well as quality and fresh design,

They knew there were a lot of good producers and products out there. But these products are not readily available for the average consumer. Searching for healthy and sustainable products can be a real struggle. Also, they want ethical products to be people’s first choice. Not just because they’re sustainable but because they’re good.

“There is a small group out there who are “die hard” vegans. They are quite easy to reach, the other 90 % are the ones we want to target”, laughs Annette. Ohyes want to reach an even broader audience. It’s on that level that real change will happen. “Our goal will always be that people will choose our products simply because it’s their favourite”, says Elisabeth.

What is your best advice to make better consumer decisions?

“The best you can do is to avoid consumption if you can!”, says Elisabeth. She continues: “Think about what goes down your drain every day. Everything you wash away will end up somewhere. When you brush your teeth, wash your hair, do the laundry, dishes, and so on, you use products that end up back in nature.”

“What type of product do you want that to be? If you are confident that all the products you use don’t harm nature, you’re well on the way to aligning with SDG 12”, says Annette.

The bottom line

While there’s a lot of action needed from governments and corporations, you can also help reach the SDGs by changing your behaviour and choosing your products carefully. While living a fully sustainable life would be wonderful, it’s not within the reach of every individual. What we need is everyone doing what they can. Like they say on social media, "we don’t need a handful of people doing sustainability perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly". Together, we can make a real change. If you haven’t already taken the Aurora quiz, start with that now.

The whole world gathered in Rio De Janeiro in June of 2012 for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. There was one clear aim: to agree on a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges our world is facing in the 21st century.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced the former Millennium Development Goals, born in 2000 to tackle poverty and hunger. Under this initiative, more than 1 billion people were lifted out of poverty, and child mortality dropped by more than half. Building on this success, the SDGs were initiated as an urgent call to get the world onto a more sustainable path. Let’s take a closer look at what sustainable development means, how Aurora aligns with these values, and how you can help.

First of all, what are the SDGs?

The SDG goals were adopted by all UN member states in 2015. There are 17 goals in total, which recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Together, the SDGs and Paris Agreement provide a common set of principles and achievable targets to ensure a sustainable future.

All the 17 goals interconnect, so success in one affects the success of the others. For example, goal number 13 on climate action impacts goal number 14 aimed at protecting life in the oceans. Achieving the SDG number 5 on gender equality also helps eradicate poverty and hunger – SDG numbers 1 and 2. The goal on gender equality is key to achieving the SDGs as women’s empowerment is tightly linked to economic development. Needless to say, achieving the goal of mitigating climate change is essential to ensure all the other targets.

Sustainable consumption and production

Although the aim and targets in the SDGs are global in nature, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do as individuals. Fulfilling the reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change might be up to national climate policy and the actions undertaken by energy companies – but we all affect the world through the choices we make every day. SDG number 12 targets achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns, including sustainable management of natural resources and efficient disposal of waste and pollutants. SDG number 13 says to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact and while this may sound like it only applies to governments and companies both of those bodies are made up of individual people like you.

Aurora Sustainability encourages individuals to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. By taking the quiz and reading the blog, you'll get suggestions on how to consume responsibly, as well as advice on habits that are easy and impactful. The Aurora quiz encourages individuals to make greener choices when it comes to diet, recycling, energy consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases, modes of transport, as well as green investments. Making better daily choices in these areas is key to achieving the SDGs. However, we know consuming responsibly can be a challenge.

Oh yes, we can!

You need to know where to go: which shops offer sustainable products, and which brands are ethical in their production methods, offer decent labour conditions, and at the same time respect nature’s boundaries. We asked Annette Holst and Elisabeth Holst Nyström, the entrepreneurs behind the sustainable webshop called Ohyes about where to go for sustainable consumption. They recommend where to go, depending on your needs:

For clean beauty products, they recommend checking out Credo Beauty. They have very strict policies on what they are selling, and even though they only ship to the US, you can look out for the brands they are selling locally. Content Beauty Wellbeing is a British store that ships internationally. Thrive Market is an American online food shop that provides really great products.

Ohyes is a webshop that only offers products that are clean, natural, sustainable and ethical, without compromising on quality and design. Annette and Elisabeth are sisters and co-founders of Ohyes, which they started to drive awareness of the importance of sustainable production and consumption. They wanted to tick all the boxes when it comes to health, sustainability, ethical trade as well as quality and fresh design,

They knew there were a lot of good producers and products out there. But these products are not readily available for the average consumer. Searching for healthy and sustainable products can be a real struggle. Also, they want ethical products to be people’s first choice. Not just because they’re sustainable but because they’re good.

“There is a small group out there who are “die hard” vegans. They are quite easy to reach, the other 90 % are the ones we want to target”, laughs Annette. Ohyes want to reach an even broader audience. It’s on that level that real change will happen. “Our goal will always be that people will choose our products simply because it’s their favourite”, says Elisabeth.

What is your best advice to make better consumer decisions?

“The best you can do is to avoid consumption if you can!”, says Elisabeth. She continues: “Think about what goes down your drain every day. Everything you wash away will end up somewhere. When you brush your teeth, wash your hair, do the laundry, dishes, and so on, you use products that end up back in nature.”

“What type of product do you want that to be? If you are confident that all the products you use don’t harm nature, you’re well on the way to aligning with SDG 12”, says Annette.

The bottom line

While there’s a lot of action needed from governments and corporations, you can also help reach the SDGs by changing your behaviour and choosing your products carefully. While living a fully sustainable life would be wonderful, it’s not within the reach of every individual. What we need is everyone doing what they can. Like they say on social media, "we don’t need a handful of people doing sustainability perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly". Together, we can make a real change. If you haven’t already taken the Aurora quiz, start with that now.

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