The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit, are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. The Goals are unique in that they 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.
Carlow College, St Patrick’s recognises the importance of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for the social and environmental health of the planet. These goals aim to protect the human rights of individuals while recognising the interconnected nature of humans, our activities and the planet. Individuals cannot flourish without a flourishing community and a healthy natural world. We at Carlow College, St Patrick’s recognise and support this holistic approach to the welfare of humans, other non-human animals and the planet we share together.
We wish to contribute to the aims of Sustainable Development Goals, and have decided for the academic year 2018-2019 to focus on Goal 4 (Quality Education) and Goal 12 (Responsible Production & Consumption). Please see the suggestions from the workshop we ran on this topic in October for ideas as to how our college can contribute to the Goal targets. As individuals and as members of our particular department, we can make a difference. Ban Ki-Moon pointed out that there is no plan B because there is no planet B. Let us make a difference!