2022 a Year of Learning and Exploring Together.
Dec 05, 2022|12Responsible Consumption and Production
What a year! 2022 came over at speeding light, and with it, we learned together, explored new concepts and horizons, and gathered our minds to think of a more sustainable way to live our lives.
Our twelfth edition of Diproinduca's Drawing Contest focused on the message of "Let's change", aligning again to the UN 2030 agenda, specifically to SDG #12 - Responsible Consumptions and Production. With this in mind, we discussed the impact human consumption patterns have on the ecosystem and how to become more conscious consumers in our #GenerationRestoration blog post in April.
We learned that even what we eat and how we dress can affect the environment, and we discussed how we can do more with less to live more sustainably. Finally, we learned that the world needs you.
We are thrilled to have you here, and we hope to continue having your support in 2023. So let's make changes together!
Actions speak louder than words.
This year you learned with us, you helped spread the word about the importance of becoming a conscious consumer, and hopefully, you also participated in the Drawing Contest. You are a superstar already! But remember, it is not just about big actions; it is about every action and how we can do more together. Here is a recap of the things you can do to become part of the Generation Restoration
Goal 1: NO POVERTY
Living in poverty looks different around the world. However, even when you don't see it, many people around you might be struggling to get by. Knowledge is power. Do some research and find out how and if your local government is helping those in need.
Goal 2: ZERO HUNGER
Ask your friends and family to find a local food bank and donate, or volunteer to work helping feed the vulnerable people in your community. Also, try to avoid food waste by reusing leftovers.
Goal 3: GOOD HEALTH & WELLBEING
Good health involves many things, which can differ from person to person. But in general, ensuring we have time and mental space to play, enjoy the outdoors, and exercise is crucial. Are there any parks near you? Ask your local park if they need any help or if they have any volunteering programmes to keep the park safe and clean. Preserving our green spaces is essential for the community's wellbeing.
Goal 4: QUALITY EDUCATION
Some schools have access to all the necessary learning tools. Such as books, computers, and a clean and safe environment for all the pupils. However, this is only sometimes the case around the world. Find out with your parents if any school districts or local schools need books or resources and if you can help. Some may have charity drives or book donation wish lists available. Alternatively, find out if you can get involved with multinational organizations that help pupils in developing countries, here.
Goal 5: GENDER EQUALITY
Boys and girls are essentially the same; we are all humans. As such, we should all have access to education, health, and well-being. Equally, side by side, we can build better futures. Does your school offer the same opportunities for boys and girls? If not, why do you think this is? Can you foster equality at school? Discuss with your friends and family and find out how you can make this world more equal.
Goal 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Carrying your own water bottle with a filtering system can always help you keep control of the quality of the water you consume when out and about. But also understanding where the water from the tab comes from and the possible side effects any pollutants can cause you.
Goal 7: AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY
Make sure you and your family are energy efficient. By using newer technologies to monitor energy spend, adjust the thermostat and only use the water you need. Become a conscious energy consumer! And ask your parents to ensure that some of the energy used comes from renewable sources such as solar energy.
Goal 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Stay informed. Read about workers in other countries and business practices. Talk to your friend and family about these issues. Can you help create an impact?
Goal 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Does your school invest in clean and resilient infrastructure? That is using less harmful and recycled materials and providing safe, clean spaces for everyone. If not, why not? Discuss with friends and family and make your case.
Goal 10: REDUCE INEQUALITIES
Raise your voice against any discrimination in your school. Everyone is equal regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, social background and physical abilities.
Goal 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Does your local community provide green spaces for you to bike and walk? Does it provide public transport? Save the car trips for when you've got a big group! And if you don't have these resources available, speak with your friends and family about writing a letter to your local government or council office.
Goal 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Our central theme this year is that it connects to almost all the other sustainable goals. Becoming a conscious and sustainable consumer is the best thing you can do for the planet. For example, buying only the things you need and using only the water you need (don't leave the tap running) can have a big impact. Also, researching the raw materials, manufacturing process, and transport methods taken by the items you plan to buy can help you and your family make better decisions when buying from new.
Goal 13: CLIMATE ACTION
Say no thanks to single-use plastic. Plastic is one of the biggest contaminants in the world, and according to a study, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans. Bring your own water bottle everywhere you go; try to consume fewer drinks in plastic bottle containers, bring your own utensils and say no to plastic lids and straws.
Goal 14: LIFE BELOW WATER
Every little action can help, so a few small changes at home can significantly impact our oceans' health. Start by:
Eating less meat: Meatless Mondays are a fun way to introduce less meat into your diet. There are many easy and delicious plant-based meals you can try every Monday.
Use less energy at home: yes! Your parents are right! Make sure you turn off light bulbs and electronics when you are not using them.
Goal 15: LIFE ON LAND
Avoid using paper unnecessarily. Opt for cloth napkins when possible, use recycled paper or scarfs for gift wrapping, writing digitally (iPad, computer, etc.)
Clean your local parks and forests*. Organize your own or join an existing clean-up event to sustain the ecosystem of your local green space. *pro tip from the UN website
Don't use Palm Oil or products with Palm Oil. Unfortunately, palm oil is present in many foods we eat. Reading labels is a good habit to develop and helps you make conscious choices.
Goal 16: PEACE, JUSTICE & STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Let's work together to eradicate violence. It starts with you. If you are a victim or witness of violence, please tell an adult. Find someone who can help and make a stand against violence.
Talk with your friends and family about the types of violence and how we can help prevent violence in all areas. It all starts with education and better comprehension of your needs and the needs of those around you.
Goal 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
You can get involved, help, and spread the word about the importance of sustainability, equality, inclusion, and prevention. Even by just being here reading this blog post, you are already taking action. We are eternally grateful to each of you who participates in our annual drawing contest. You are already working toward a better future.
Thanks for being part of the change. At Diproinduca Foundation, we are thrilled to have you, year after year, learning, drawing, and exploring.
We hope to see you back next year! In the meantime, we have one last question for you.