It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact in the world. Should you just give up? No! Change starts with you. Follow this guide to save the environment without leaving your desk at work.
This post is a courtesy of UN's SDG Campaign.
End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations, and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on Earth—even the laziest, most indifferent person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do them, will make a big difference.
If you are already doing everything you can, from your own home and neighborhood, and want to go one step further, keep reading to find out the many things you can do to make an impact from your desk at work.
Level 4 Exceptional Employee: Things you can do around the block
If you have a fruit or snack that you don’t want, don’t throw it away. Give it to someone who needs it and is asking for help.
Fight for your rights
Does everyone at work have access to healthcare? Find out what your rights are at work. Fight against inequality.
Mentor young people. It’s a thoughtful, inspiring, and powerful way to guide someone towards a better future.
Fight for equal rights
Women earn 10 to 30 percent less than men for the same work. Pay inequality persists everywhere. Voice your support for equal pay for equal work.
Demand access to sanitation
4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services. Lend your voice to talk about the lack of toilets in many communities around the world!
Ask for energy efficiency
Make sure your company uses energy-efficient heating and cooling technology, and adjust the thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer.
Read about workers in other countries and business practices. Talk to your colleagues about these issues.
Demand clean infrastructure
Does your company invest in clean and resilient infrastructure? It’s the only way to keep workers safe and protect the environment.
Stand up against discrimination
Raise your voice against any type of discrimination in your office. Everyone is equal regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, social background, or physical abilities.
Avoid using your car
Bike, walk, or take public transport to work. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
No Impact Week
Organize a "No Impact Week" at work. Learn to live more sustainably for at least a week: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/be-the-change
Ask your company and government to engage in initiatives that will not harm people or the planet. Voice your support for the Paris Agreement!
Try to reduce waste, since most waste ends up in our oceans.
Look for opportunities
Examine and change everyday decisions. Can you recycle at your workplace? Is your company buying from providers engaging in harmful ecological practices?
Know your rights
Know your workplace rights to ensure your access to justice.
Demand corporate social responsibility
Corporate social responsibility counts! Encourage your company to work with civil society and find ways to help local communities achieve the goals.
Cultura Colectiva, in partnership with the United Nation's SDG Campaign invites you to be a part of this global effort to save the world. Send your article here and join this world-wide initiative!
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