When the world set out in 2015 to address the greatest societal challenges facing us through the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 193 member states, including Canada, made the commitment to this ambitious and optimistic vision of the future. The SDGs are a set of goals, targets and indicators intended to frame global efforts to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
Three years in, many Canadians are still not aware of the SDGs let alone the fact that Canada is not on track to achieve the Goals in their entirety. The good news is there is already a great deal of momentum building throughout Canadian society to take on the SDGs at the grassroots level. In Spring 2019, Power Shift WR aims to highlight the work our community is already doing to achieve the SDGs through a series of 17 events. Get ready by checking out the resources below.
GENERATION SDG BLUEPRINT
The Generation SDG Blueprint is a new report developed by a multidisciplinary group of Canadian innovators that lays out a vision for a community-driven approach to the SDGs in Canada. It is written in plain language and can serve as an introduction to the SDGs as well as an action plan for those already integrating the SDGs into their work. It takes the reader through four sections all of which are supported by case studies from Canada and around the world:
- community ecosystems and planning
- financing and stimulating innovation
GENERATION SDG CLOSING CEREMONY
This video of the closing ceremony of Waterloo Global Science Initiative's Generation SDG Summit gives an overview of the SDGs in Canada and recommendations for how we work together to implement the goals in Canadian communities.
BCCIC'S THE INVISIBLE MOSAIC
The British Columbia Council for International Co-operation (BCCIC) took a look at how community organizations were unknowingly already working towards the SDGs in their report, The Invisible Mosaic.
PEG - AN COMMUNITY INDICATOR FRAMEWORK
Peg is a community indicator system, tracking measures called ‘indicators’ that reflect and measure Winnipeg’s well-being. This system has been developed for Winnipeg by Winnipeggers, led by a community-wide consortium of partners spearheaded by IISD and United Way of Winnipeg, and aligns with the SDGs.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST LESSON
The World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action.
YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHANGING THE WORLD
AIESEC, a global youth-led organization, has partnered with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to produce a guide of daily actions and activities that can be carried out to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The guide was produced building on ideas from 500 young leaders from 126 countries.
Our 2018 Power Shift WR Toolkit can be found here. You can also access energy-focused resources from Power Shift WR 2016 & 2017 - see these links for community energy resources and online energy resources.