In September 2015, countries all over the world committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Achieving these goals would mean the end of extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. As a part of AIESEC’s Youth for Global Goals initiative, we would like to introduce to you the SDGs and compile just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact.
The SDGs may seem to be out of our reach, and we’d rather think they are the responsibility of governments, international organizations or NGOs. But the truth is that every person on Earth is part of the solution. Even though most of the recommendations and ideas are global, the solutions need to be local – facing local needs and realities.
This article focuses on Goal number 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Why this goal? Because the worldwide drinking water sources are being depleted at alarming rates and unless water and land resources are managed more effectively, we will be faced with increased suffering, disease and conflict related to water issues.
We at LUT not only have an opportunity, but also a responsibility to help the society. We will become brilliant young engineers and business professionals that will develop the cutting edge technologies and business processes that can contribute to achieving the SDGs. Can you imagine a new technology which allows water purification at the point of use? Wouldn’t it be great to think of a new cooling system for power plants that requires less water? Or to develop agriculture techniques with reduced water consumption?
Some of these ideas are already the topic of many research projects. Imagine if LUT business students would start to promote them, ensuring sustainable value creation that leads towards competitiveness.
Besides thinking of future actions, how about we start right now in a smaller scale? There are plenty of things that can be done at your neighborhood, at home, or even from your couch.
Also, there are many interesting projects contributing to the SDGs that also help you develop yourself and the world. AIESEC offers plenty such opportunities in our Global Volunteer programs. One of those projects is Wasser 3.0 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a 6 week research project you will identify and spread awareness about water pollution sources, agricultural malpractices and health problems related to polluted water.
There are hundreds of other opportunities waiting for you in amazing places like Qingdao, China, and Makassar, Indonesia, among others. Step outside your comfort zone and do something different this summer – it might be the best experience of your life and the start of a meaningful future. We in AIESEC are ready to help you embark on a great adventure. Take that next step and visit us at https://opportunities.aiesec.org.
Interested? Keep reading:
Youth for Global Goals: http://youth4globalgoals.org/
Lazy person’s guide to saving the world: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/
AIESEC projects: https://opportunities.aiesec.org
Writer is part of AIESEC Saimaa. AIESEC is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people ages 18 to 30 with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe.