Moving Toward Sustainability Through Youth Education – The United Nations Global Sustainability Goals

In September 2015, 193 countries agreed to adopt a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan is spearheaded by the United Nations and builds on the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000.

The new Global Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs – including education, health, social protection and job opportunities – while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

RCE Tantramar has been an active partner in a wide range of education activities, each focused on sustainable development, and we have fully adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Recent actions by youth members of our society, both locally and globally, have focused on the critical role that education must play in addressing climate change and acting on the crisis that is upon us. In recent weeks, RCE Tantramar has met with the youth in our schools and the larger community, as well as a wide range of amazing community partners that wish to address the climate emergency. We are deeply committed to assisting educators, both formal and informal, in developing youth programs that deal directly with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which includes Goal #13: Climate Action that looks to educate young people on climate change and to put them on a sustainable path early on. Working with our community partners, RCE Tantramar is developing a Sustainability Institute that will act as a community hub for these educational activities. The first step is making sure that everyone in our network of partners are clear on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More details are available at:

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