SDG Challenge Goal #15 - Life On Land

This month’s SDG challenge is about Goal #15 – Life On Land. This is a call to conservation and sustainable use of the terrestrial ecosystems. It’s all about the importance of protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managing forests, combating desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

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 #15 – Life On Land 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: Encourage the government to invest in afforestation and deliver on its forestry programme that aims to expand forest cover to 18% by 2046. Read more about the current forestry programme here.
    • Challenge #3 – Educate: This challenge invites you to discuss how you can help life on land 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 – #HallowGreen: This October, we invite you to celebrate Halloween the green way and to consider the wellbeing of plants and animals. It is time for us to live more sustainability and be more welcoming to wildlife & biodiversity. For October, this can include one (or more) of the actions below:
  1. Reuse or upcycle costumes and decoration, to avoid generating more waste by having a newly bought costume every year.
  2. Instead of carving pumpkins – why not decorate them, so that they can still be used for cooking, baking etc. afterwards? And even if you do carve: use the inside of the pumpkins to make a tasty snack.
  3. If you’re not going to eat your pumpkin, you could leave it outside for birds and squirrels to eat – but sure you keep it off the ground , as it’s unfortunately not healthy for hedgehogs, especially during their preparation for hibernation. And if you can, dry the seeds in the oven before feeding them to birds.
  4. Anything that involves fire and/or loud noise: think about whether it’s really necessary – it might scare wildfire and leave waste behind!     

Some additional challenges have been shared by Anne Hannan, Tutor at Warrenmount Community Education Centre. Do you have any more ideas? Share them and your actions with us – and don’t forget to use #SDG15 #LifeOnLand

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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