Sustainable Goals – what are they and why should we care?
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) set 17 sustainable development goals to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” intended to be realised by 2030. These goals encompass a variety of social and environmental issues, from ending poverty to combating climate change. While the UN has urged all countries to participate in achieving these goals, they have been especially vocal about the need for developed countries to provide assistance to developing countries.
One of the most critical aspects of sustainable development goals is their focus on sustainability. They refer to humans’ ability to meet their current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To achieve sustainability, we must consider our actions’ environmental and social impacts.
The fashion industry has a significant impact on the environment and society. It is the second most polluting industry globally, after oil and gas. The environmental effects of the fashion industry include water pollution, air pollution, and the release of hazardous chemicals. Social impacts include worker exploitation and the use of child labor.
The UN has recognized the need to address the negative environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry. To achieve sustainable development goals, we must make the fashion industry more sustainable. This can be done by using more environmentally friendly materials, such as recycled materials or natural fibers; designing clothes that require less dye and fewer harmful chemicals; and ensuring that workers are treated fairly and are not exposed to hazardous chemicals.
The UN’s sustainable development goals provide a roadmap for achieving sustainability. Suppose we all work together to achieve these goals. In that case, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.
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