CEDC + SDGs: How are they connected?

Article by Can Geo Education

We’ve connected your favourite CEDC challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)! 

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries to form a global partnership to eliminate poverty, improve health and education, and tackle climate change. Similarly, the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a call to action for Canadian classrooms to consider how they use energy and learn how to reduce their consumption. Both inspire action through education. So where do they overlap? 

Below is a list of some of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be connected to the CEDC. 

Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

It is important to understand the importance of clean water, to identify and aid all the regions in the world that do not have access to clean drinking water and safely-managed sanitation, and to take steps to protect this valuable resource. 

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Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

How can we ensure “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all?” This goal is all about providing people around the world with access to electricity and clean fuels, as well as improving energy efficiency and growing renewable energy use.

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Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Can new industries and practices, such as the renewable energy sector, the circular economy system, and alternative modes of transportation help “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all?”

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Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities 

By investing in renewables, funding “green” organizations, prioritizing green spaces, and minimizing waste of all types, can we “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?” 

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Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

When we examine our own consumption habits and how the everyday items in our lives are produced, can we learn to make more sustainable choices to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns?”

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Goal 13 – Climate Action

Climate change affects millions of people worldwide and is also a driving factor behind global declines in biodiversity. People worldwide need to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

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Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Any activities that contribute to climate change also lead to warming oceans. Reflecting on our own habits and making changes can help to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” 

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Goal 15 – Life On Land

By examining the sustainability of the perishable and non-perishable items in our daily lives that come from the land, can we “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss?” 

Connected CEDC challenges: 

We encourage you to ask your students which CEDC challenges they feel are best connected to which Sustainable Development Goals to keep the dialogue going about how students can take action.