The Good Life Goals translate the Sustainable Development Goals into individual actions. In short, they tell you how you can act more sustainably every day. This is an important step to make sustainability a real peoples movement.
The Goals have been shaped through a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Futerra, the 10 YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education program, co-led by the governments of Sweden and Japan represented by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), as well as UN Environment, UNESCO and WBCSD. In their words:
Why were the Good Life Goals created?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been transformational for policy-makers and business leaders in setting macro strategies towards urgent sustainability milestones that must be achieved by 2030. In parallel, a global movement for sustainable lifestyles is underway: a drive for a redefined “Good Life” involving individuals, brands, community groups, and educators.
The Good Life Goals were created to bridge the gap between the SDGs and the sustainable lifestyles movement. Their aim is help policy-makers, businesses, civil society groups, educators and creative professionals inspire enthusiasm, connection and action from the public for the SDGs. By providing personally relevant links to each SDG, the Good Life Goals send a message that we all, individually and collectively, can play an important role in the future. We all have the right, responsibility, and the opportunity to change the world for the better.
WE SAY: This is a very important step to involve everyone in the movement to create a more sustainable society. Before, the discussion and the SDGs as well were very abstract and not many people really knew about them, let alone understanding them. Now the Good Life Goals translate those overarching goals into individual actions.
We will take the next 17 weeks to highlight the individual goals and how they are linked to sustainable consumption.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (with its 169 sub targets) were adopted by world leaders at the historic Sustainable Development Summit in the Resolution "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" on 25 September 2015. "The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection." (United Nations, 2018)
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SDG Business Hub (2018). Good Life Goals. Retrieved from: https://sdghub.com/goodlifegoals/.
United Nations (2018). Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved from: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/.
The Good Life Goals by Futerra Sustainability Communications Ltd and 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme is licenced under CC BY-ND 4.0.