Do you, like me, feel helpless, frustrated or even angry when you watch TV pictures of starving children, people having to drink dirty, unclean water and families living in abject poverty? Do you worry about increasingly polluted seas and climate disasters around the world? Do you ever feel that something more should be done by someone, somewhere to create a better, fairer world where this should not happen? Well, it now seems that something can be done!
After years of discussion, the 193 member countries of the United Nations have at last agreed what needs to be done over the next 15 years to tackle the biggest problems facing mankind such as hunger, poverty, climate change etc. They are now trying to mobilise the resources and commitments to take effective action. However, all this activity/discussion seems to be happening at some remote, distant and high levels, beyond the reach or influence of ordinary persons. Sadly, a surprising number of ordinary people around the world still do not even know that 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have now been agreed by governments for action to be taken on these Global problems.
These 17 SDGs can be grouped for convenience into 5 general areas of activity and action relating to People (5 SDGs), Planet (5 SDGs), Prosperity (5 SDGs), Peace (1 SDG) and Partnerships (1 SDG). Twitter feeds relating to ongoing activities in these 5 Ps are included in this website. Possible activities and actions for individuals to choose from have, for convenience, also been grouped into these same 5 areas of activity.
Governments and international organisations alone cannot solve these problems. They can only lay out the framework for agreed action. Political leaders and senior officials have to be held to account to make sure that they follow through on all the promises made at the UN so that they allocate the resources needed. Individuals around the world, apart from pushing their politicians to do what was promised, also have to take responsibility for the things they can do or influence directly. They need to look for ways to make their own personal contribution to support the SDGs.
What can you do? (wcydo? or wich-ee-do?) offers individuals information, advice and encouragement to make a commitment to take some small helpful actions regularly in their normal daily life. If individuals then also encourage and motivate family and friends to participate and commit to similar small actions or tasks in one of these areas, we can gradually build a global movement of thousands of concerned individuals. Such persons, in combination with many other organisations, like-minded individuals and concerned citizens around the world, can collectively make a huge impact and help create a better, fairer world for everyone, as well as protecting our planet for future generations.