Why wait for major stakeholders to promote Sustainable Development Goals when you can Start in your own corner?

…as we transit from MDGs to SDGs

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity
for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Over the next 15 years the specific target of each goal is to be achieved.
In Nigeria, we all need to do our part for its achievement. We have decided to project these goals and ensure active and passive participation at all levels, involving both Young an Old, Government and private sectors, schools and Market places, cities and slums e.t.c. I am sure you want to get involved.
We have put together a list of actions you can take in this part of the world in your everyday life too contribute to a sustainable future. Even the most ‘laid back’, indifferent and laziest person among us can contribute without sweat!

Things you can do at home
• When your water tank is empty and the tap has stopped flowing, Re-check that all taps are turned off before leaving your home.
• Turn off electric appliances completely when not in use, including fans, computer and light bulbs .Use white bulbs (Energy bulbs) in your homes. Besides it’s arguably brighter!
• Replace old appliances with energy efficient models.
• Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike the trending plastic gas filled lighter.
• Use Rug or carpet in homes especially in children’s room and play houses, this not only keep the rooms warm it also promotes safety at home.
• If you have option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electric bill and the use of generator that costumes fuel and pollutes the air with fumes.
• Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.
• Recycling paper, plastic, glass and aluminum keeps landfills from growing.
• Buy minimally packaged goods, avoid over packaging!
• Save food and money by freezing fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take -away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.
• Compost- composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
• Choose a better diaper option. Swaddle your Baby in cloth diaper or a new environment responsible disposable brand.

Things you can do outside your home

• Walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
• Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own totes.
• Shop Vintage. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second- hand.
• Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
• Maintain your car &generator, a well turned car & generator emit fewer toxic fumes.
• Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.
• Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste.

Things you can do with your mobile device.
• Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about Women’s right or climate change, share it so folks in your network see it too.
• See something online you need to remember? Take a screen shot, pin it or better yet, jot it down in a notebook.
• 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.
• Pay your bills online or via mobile device. These way paper bank statements can be stopped. No paper, no need for forest destruction.

These are just a few thins you can do. Explore http://www.global goals.org/ for other ways you can promote SDGs


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