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 is being done!
After years of discussion, in 2015 the 193 member countries of the United Nations agreed what needs to be done by 2030 to tackle the biggest problems facing Mankind such as hunger, poverty, climate change etc. Governments are now mobilising the resources and commitments to take effective action. However, all this activity / discussion seems to be happening at some remote, distant and high level, beyond the reach or influence of ordinary people. Sadly, a surprising number of ordinary people still do not even know that 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been agreed by Governments for action 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 available from 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 personally or can 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 taking small helpful actions in their normal daily life. If individuals then encourage and motivate family and friends to participate and commit to similar actions, we can gradually build a global movement of thousands, maybe millions of concerned individuals. Such a Community of concerned citizens, in combination with other like-minded organisations, can collectively make a huge impact and help create a better, fairer World for everyone and thereby protect our planet for future generations.