It seems the title of a catastrophic science fiction movie. However, nothing further from reality. The world is in danger and needs to be saved. For this I plan to find as many superheroes as possible who are willing to use their powers in this difficult mission. Will you help me find them? Do you want to be one of them?
If you are reading these lines, I trust it is because the answer is ‘yes’ and no because of simple curiosity. The first step to becoming a superhero is to have the conviction that is at the reach of your hand to save the world. Calm. You will not be alone in this mission. Like you, there are hundreds, thousands, millions of people around the world willing to fight for it. We just need to be clear about our goals and align in a coordinated and collaborative way to achieve this.
Under this idea, leaders from all around the world adopted past September 25th the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For this purpose, they agreed on 17 aspirations aimed at building a better world, where we could guarantee a decent future for all the inhabitants of the planet and its future generations. The so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) -built on the basis of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) we should have reached by 2015- represent a distress call to all citizens. It is not feasible to end poverty, addressing climate change or fight against inequality and injustice if there is not an individual commitment of each of us so that these desires become a reality.
Contrary to what is commonly thought, the SDG are not directed solely to governments and large multinational corporations. The engine of change is in the societies, SMEs, schools and universities, people like you and me who believe in the value of our acts. It does not matter if you consider yourself the laziest person in the world or the most sceptical about the ability to fix the mess we have created in our environment. Every little action contributes to our goal.
Perhaps, for too long, we have remained in the belief that 'social responsibility' is an empty expression of content, a new marketing tool or a fashion that will end up happening, but actually we have realized the importance of ensuring our world. We cannot remain indifferent to the concentration of poverty in certain areas of the planet. We cannot look the other way while millions of refugees fleeing their homes to survive. We cannot tolerate inequality continue to rise, while there are people who are discriminated against for reasons of sex, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We cannot expect to enjoy a swim at the beach ignoring the fact that the sea is drowning in garbage. Each of us has the power to change this.
The new goals set by the United Nations (UN) cover all lines of development, from hunger, poverty, health, education, environmental conservation, infrastructure, creating employment ... We all must meet comprehensively the challenge to harmonize the three fundamental elements that support the SDG: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and all are crucial to the well-being of individuals and societies.
In future articles I'll explain each of the 17 SDG, from a practical approach to convince you that we all have something to contribute. Once thoroughly know each objective, we will be able to work creatively to make this world the house where we all want to live.