SDG Challenge Goal #14 - Life Below Water

This month’s SDG challenge is about Goal #14 – Life Below Water. This is a call to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The oceans are the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people relying on the oceans as their primary source; how to preserve and conserve marine life!

To make your own contribution to the world, take one or more of these challenges suggested by Development Perspectives:

    • Challenge #1 – Get Informed: Let’s get reading! We are asking you to read up about Goal #14 – Life Below Water and learn about the efforts and initiatives being made around the world. You can begin this journey of learning by reading the articles or watching the videos in the ‘Understand’ section of this pack
    • Challenge #2 – Be Political: Ireland has been criticised for being one of the most offenders in Europe for over fishing in the Atlantic. Without sustainable fishing we cannot meet our SDG on Life Below Water. Put pressure over the government to heed scientific advise and stop pushing fishing quotas beyond sustainable levels. 
    • Challenge #3 – Educate: This challenge invites you to discuss how you can help life below water with your friends, family or colleagues. It can be an informal chat with a cuppa or an organised workshop where you can tackle the issues head on with a group. Be sure to share any education activities with us using #SDGchallenge. 
    • Challenge #4 – #NurdleHurdle: Have you ever been on a Nurdle Hunt? No? Well, now is the time for it! Nurdles are the raw material or almost all our plastic products, they are basically pieces of microplastics, which often get trapped at beaches. We encourage you to go out to the coast and hunt down some of the nurdles you encounter there. Find about more about the big nurdle hunt here:

Some additional challenges have been shared by Anne Hannan, Tutor at Warrenmount Community Education Centre.

More about the SDG Challenge:

In September 2015, world leaders from 193 countries came together to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs mean we as individuals can take action every month to raise awareness and to help achieve a sustainable future by 2030. Check this video out, if you would like to know more about what is the SDG challenge. 

This initiative is supported by Development Perspectives as part of a wider project called Saolta. Anne Hannan, Tutor at Warrenmount Community Education Centre has been enthusiastically running this project since the start, arranging informative sessions and meetings to spread SDG Challenge information for other Tutors/Staff in the Community Education Centre.

Let’s embrace this cause?

We can all help to make a difference and raise awareness of the SDGs! Let’s embrace this cause for a better world in the future?

Good luck fellow challengers! 

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