#TurnItAround and #Act4SDGs!
Learn about how the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations are a crucial part of all our lives!
Condensing the massive topic of “Global Citizenship” into a 128-page book for young readers was, at times, a daunting task. As I researched, mapped, and outlined the text, it was clear that it needed to be more than just an abstract overview of key issues; it had to offer actionable steps that kids could take to bring about positive change in the intersecting and overlapping areas of human, economic, political, environmental, and cultural rights. So, I framed it around the 17 eminently actionable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided by the United Nations.
What are the SDGs? These 17 Goals provide a concrete blueprint for achieving “peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future.” They range from “No Poverty (Goal 1)” to “Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10)” to “Climate Action (Goal 13),” with the aim of reaching set targets by the year 2030. Like the Millennium Development Goals that preceded them, the SDGs show that progress is possible, if humanity plans and works in concert.
The SDGs surface on each and every page of Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World, from activities that center on conducting SDG surveys to each chapter’s “Profile in Global Citizenship” that highlight individuals who are experts in their fields, like epidemiologist Zunera Gilani, investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden, and cartoonist Jason Rodriguez, all of whom are working to enact the Goals.
This week, set aside some time to learn more about the Goals. And pledge to help #TurnItAround and #Act4SDGs! Our collective future depends on it.
Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World releases today! Try a sample chapter!
Global Citizenship includes investigative activities and research projects that encourage critical and creative thinking skills, along with graphic novel–style illustrations, amazing photography from around the world, and links to online resources.