If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be successful, we need to let everyone know about them!
Getting agreement from 193 countries was a huge achievement, but it is only the first step. We now need governments, civil society and individual citizens to come together, and work towards the targets that underlie the Sustainable Development Goals. For that to happen, we need people to know what the Goals and targets are.
There are lots of ways that you can learn more about the Goals and targets, and spread the word to your family, friends and community.
To get you started, why not try out some of the ideas below?
Join the Light The Way event on 24th September
Across cities, local communities and online, citizens are coming together on 24th September under one sky to light the way to the Sustainable Development Goals; and call on world leaders to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. The main Irish event takes place at 8pm on 24th September at the Millennium Bridge in Dublin City Centre.
Why not grab a smartphone, electric torch, or lantern and go along? If you can’t make the Dublin event, you could organise your own event, or post a photo of yourself with a light, a message to welcome the Sustainable Development Goals, and the #LightTheWay. For more information, visit the LightTheWay Facebook Page.
Try out the Dizzy Goals challenge.
The Dizzy Goals challenge is a fun way of sharing the Sustainable Development Goals on your Facebook or Twitter Feed. Try out the challenge below, record a message that shows your support for the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals on Sustainable Development, as they are sometimes known); and post/tweet – simple!
Check out videos from famous footballers to get the idea.
- Find 2 footballs and find a goal (jumpers as goalposts will do)
- Line up the balls at least 6m apart
- Put your hand on the ball and spin round it 13 times
- Run to the other ball and try to shoot a goal
- Tag 3 friends to join in and try and score their own dizzy goal.
- Record your message – suggestion: This is my Dizzy Goal! I support the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
- Upload your video with the hashtag #DizzyGoals and #GlobalGoals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Teachers! Join the World’s Largest Lesson.
The World’s Largest Lesson is a campaign to share the Sustainable Development Goals with every school in the world. There are lesson plans, videos, and comics – everything you could possibly need. Find them all on the World’s Largest Lesson website. Take a look at this cool video to get you started.
Incorporate the Goals into your event
If you are holding an event on development, global citizenship or the environment, why not incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the event? You could include a Sustainable Development Goals poster, quiz, speaker or video! Find some resources on the Global Goals website.
Share the Goals through social media
Thanks to social media, we can now all reach potentially thousands of people from our smartphone or tablet. Instead of posting yet another cat video, take a look at some of images and videos on the Global Goals website; and share share share!
Keep it Simple!
Why not tell your friends about the new Sustainable Development Goals by...well.. just telling them about it? Learn what you can about the Goals, and then share the news in your next conversation. Easy! Four things you might want to include:
- There are 17 Goals – each dealing with very different areas, but all necessary to build a fairer more sustainable world.
- All the UN Member States – that’s 193 countries – have agreed to try to achieve these Goals by 2030.
- The Goals and targets apply to all countries, including Ireland.
- We need everyone to know about the Goals to make sure they are achieved.