Sit tight and read along while I restore your faith in humanity just a little bit.
On September 25, 2015 at the United Nations, 193 world leaders adopted 17 amazing, ambitious humanitarian goals. Goals that, just one generation ago, would have seemed absurd. Impossible to implement on a global scale. Goals that, with the magic of the internet, the support of strong-willed activists, and a whole lot of courage, may actually come true.
The Global Goals aim to end poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Seem too big? Too broad? No need to fear; these amazing folks broke it down into 17 easily digestible steps:
The idea is that, if these goals are made famous enough, they will have a much better chance of being put into action. The campaign website urges us to implement this – “If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. TELL EVERYONE.”
They challenge people around the world to choose just one of these 17 goals. Choose the one about which you feel most passionate, and spread the word. Post about it on social media. Put up a flyer at work or school. Tell a friend, call your mom, write a blog post about it. Anything to get the word out.
Write your number on your hand:
Or post a video on YouTube:
A campaign nerd at heart, I have to point out the amazing job done here. A wonderful variety of humanitarians with amazing social reach have been assembled to begin spreading the word. When the United Nations says that they want to spread the word, well, they mean business.
The list goes on. And on. And on.
These folks, with unfathomable reach and social clout, have kicked off the campaign, but it is far from over. So many people are struggling, so many need our help. And as we know, any movement – especially one of this size and necessity – must begin with awareness.
So. What’s your number? How are you going to help change the world?