Take Action

By participating in taking action, each individual is highly encouraged to do any activities in their daily life that can contribute toward making their community and society to become sustainable, while contributing to the realization of the SDGs in their own country. Here are some of the recommended SDGs activities that you can apply into your life, and make a very sustainable impact to your community:

Get everyone involved. Have a classroom do regular outreach day trips to areas in need. 1
At birthday parties offer the option to donate money to your chosen charity in replacement of a birthday gift. 2
Buy fair-trade products to support the sustainable trade system, meaning employees are rewarded fairly for their work. 3
Teach a skill or short course at a community centre (computer skills, building a resume, preparing for job interviews, etc.) 4
Buy clothing or other products from stores that donate a portion of their money to charities. 5
Sponsor a child so they can have access to food, education, and health. 6
Clean out your pantry. Fill a box with non-perishable foods and donate it to a food bank. 7
Generate discussion around poverty. Write a blog, or write an article in a local newspaper. 8
Lend your money to upcoming businesses or people in need and help them get up on their feet. It’s as simple as that – 97% of loans get repaid, so you most likely won’t lose any money, but you will have helped someone build themselves a steady income, which in turn will get them out of poverty. 9
If possible, give to every beggar on the street. An apple, a bottle of water, small change or even just a smile are better than not giving at all. 1

Spread the word. The more ideas are spread to combat hunger, the more people act. 1
Donate non-perishable foods to charities. 2
You can start donating leftover food. 3
Provide food for schools in developing countries. When there is lunch available, attendance increases. 4
If you employ workers on minimum wage, help support their needs like education for their children, or housing supplies. 5
Many emergency food providers need specialized skills such as accounting, social media or writing skills. Volunteer your expertise once a week. 6
Keep a bag of apples or tinned foods in the car for street beggars. 7
Many hungry people hesitate to ask for help because of the stigma and shame of it. Speak up about misconceptions and educate others about the realities of hungry persons. 8
Read a book on hunger. A greater understanding of its causes will better prepare you to make a difference. 9
Support local farmers by buying your food at farmer’s markets. 1

Don’t smoke. 1
Be more active. Go for walks at lunchtime or cycle to work. 2
Eat a healthy diet and drink a lot of water. 3
Be part of increasing awareness of, and support for, mental health ailments such as depression, substance abuse or Alzheimer’s. 4
Heart disease remains the number 1 killer. Educate yourself on the causes and symptoms of heart disease as well as other Non-Communicable Diseases. 5
HIV/AIDS is not over. Protect yourself. Test yourself. 6
You could also volunteer in a free clinic or give lectures to teens about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 7
Breastfeed. It is natural and the best source of nourishment for babies. Breastfeeding protects infants from illnesses, has long-term benefits for children and it benefits mothers. 8
Get enough sleep. 9
Make time for yourself and your friends. 1

Teach your native language to migrants in a youth centre or elsewhere. 1
Provide food at schools to increase attendance. 2
Educate your kids about the power of education, as many don’t see the tangible benefits. 3
Show films or TV shows that are educational as well as entertaining for children. 4
Take education outside the school and keep it fun. Travel. Take kids on day trips to the planetarium or museums. 5
Support charities that are working in education in the poorest parts of the world. 6
Donate books to public libraries or public schools in need. 7
Share success stories, including stories that didn’t make the headlines. 8
Share your skills with the ones who need them. 9
In many countries, girls are pulled out of school early in order to get married. Start conversations that allow for problems to be openly discussed and solutions to be found. 1

Increase gender representation in areas of leadership in the workplace. 1
Practice and demonstrate to children equal decision-making processes at home. 2
Encourage schools to provide scholarships for girls. 3
Communicate to media outlets (advertising companies, movie production houses and so on) about the harmful impact of portraying women as inferior, less intelligent and incompetent compared to their male counterparts. 4
Use mentoring and coaching to help women build their confidence and develop their careers. 5
If you are a woman, know your rights and stand up for them. 6
Make flexibility and work-life balance a part of the company’s culture. 7
Make gender equality part of training and education. Young people should be supported in choosing jobs that advance their future, regardless of their gender. 8
Gender equality starts at home. 9
Look up an organization or group helping girls and women around you to volunteer with them, promote their work or donate to their efforts. 1

Read a book on water. It will increase your understanding of the impact water has in societies, economies and our planet. 1
Conserve, conserve, conserve. When ice-cubes are left over from a drink, don’t throw them away. Put them into plants. 2
Support organizations that give water to areas in need. 3
Donate to projects that require funds for digging boreholes, installing pipes and pumps, maintenance training to communities, etc. 4
Fix leaks at home. A leaky faucet can waste more than 11’000 litres per year. 5
Hold fundraising days in schools on World Water Day and Toilet Day and donate the money to your chosen project. 6
Never flush toxic chemicals such as paints, chemicals or medication down the toilet. It pollutes lakes and rivers and causes health problems in marine life and humans. 7
Wash your car at commercial car washers who recycle water. 8
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and while soaping in the shower. 9
Hire a “Green Plumber” to reduce your water, energy and chemical use. 1

Cover the pan with a lid. It reduces the amount of energy required to boil water by 75%. 1
Turn off electronic equipment such as TVs and computers when going on holiday. 2
Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t being used. When you switch your lights off, even for a few seconds, it saves more energy than it takes for the light to start up, regardless of the bulb type. 3
Efficient home designs also combine energy efficient constructions, appliances and lighting, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. 4
Use energy-efficient light bulbs and set your household appliances on low-energy settings. 5
You can switch off your appliances at the socket. 6
Support solar power projects for schools, homes and offices. 7
Only fill the kettle to the amount of water needed. 8
Turn off your air conditioning, especially for sleeping – open a window or use a fan. 9
Seek advice and guidance on energy efficiency in historic buildings. 1

Be a conscious consumer – if something is cheap it is likely to be hurting people or the planet in some way. 1
Become a micro-lender and empower young people to become entrepreneurs. 2
Support international campaigns to end modern day slavery, forced labour, human trafficking and forced marriages. 3
Provide stability. Empower young professionals to grow into their positions. 4
Provide food for low-earning workers. 5
Provide incentives for hard work. People respond to a reward system. 6
Provide reduced rates on quality health systems and facilities for employees. 7
Ensure safe working conditions. 8
Encourage more job opportunities for youth. 9
Buy from local producers. Support local economic growth by choosing to buy from local producers and businesses. 1

Fund projects that provide infrastructure for basic needs. 1
Host a small event for people to donate their unused, working phones, and in turn raise the awareness about the lack of infrastructure for communication services that 1-1.5 billion people still do not have. 2
Hospitals, schools and clinics can host fundraising events for projects developing health care infrastructure. 3
Immerse yourself. Organise groups to visit regions where basic needs are missing. This will broaden understanding and motivate people to act on it. 4
You can start by asking your company to invest in clean and resilient infrastructure. It’s the only way to keep workers safe and protect the environment. 5
Keep up to date with the latest technologies and innovation. 6
Invest in domestic technology development research and innovation in developing countries. 7
You can foster your and your colleagues' entrepreneurial spirit by organizing a local idea contest and inviting companies or startups to mentor the winners. 8
Make cities healthy. Turn empty roof space on buildings into green roofs. They improve air quality, insulation by up to 25%, they absorb sound, promote social integration and more. 9
Don’t throw away, give away. Upgrading our electronic gadgets is inevitable, but often our gadgets are still in good working condition. Pass on your old working devices or recycle as certain parts can be recovered. 1

Encourage children to make friends with kids from different cultures. 1
Once a month have a coffee with a person who is different from you, whether in race, beliefs, culture or age. 2
Learn to respect all kinds of people who may do things differently than you. 3
Take your kids to the park and other communal spaces and look for opportunities to talk to different people. Learn about them. Understand them. 4
Travel the world to learn about different cultures. 5
Sponsor a child to attend school. 6
Read storybooks to children that describe all cultures. 7
Say Yes to increasing the minimum wage of the lowest earning people. 8
If you are a business owner, you should hire someone with a disability and give them equal pay. 9
If you are a teacher, you need to take extra measures to treat all of your students alike. 1

You can start shopping, eating and drinking locally 1
Generate awareness about your city’s carbon footprint and ways to improve it. 2
Advocate and support the development of sport and recreational spaces. They help build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities. 3
Use public transport, city bikes and other modes of environmentally friendly transport. 4
Supporting neighbourhood businesses keep people employed and circulates money back into your community. 5
Reach out to underprivileged areas. Integrate people of different class and ethnicity and include them in decision-making processes that involve them, including their living conditions, pollution and so on. 6
Provide reduced fees on public transport in cities that face the challenge of congestion. 7
Educate yourself on the cultural and natural heritage of your area. Visit heritage sites and post about these in a positive light. 8
Gather in small community groups to brainstorm ways to ensure safe and accessible public spaces especially for women, children, elderly people and people with disabilities. 9
You can commute in a sustainable way – bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group. 1

Get everyone involved. Have a classroom do regular outreach day trips to areas in need. 1
At birthday parties offer the option to donate money to your chosen charity in replacement of a birthday gift. 2
Buy fair-trade products to support the sustainable trade system, meaning employees are rewarded fairly for their work. 3
Teach a skill or short course at a community centre (computer skills, building a resume, preparing for job interviews, etc.) 4
Buy clothing or other products from stores that donate a portion of their money to charities. 5
Buying a reusable bag to use at the supermarket instead of using plastic or paper bag and recycle your cardboard boxes and bottles. 6
Clean out your pantry. Fill a box with non-perishable foods and donate it to a food bank. 7
Generate discussion around poverty. Write a blog, or write an article in a local newspaper. 8
Advocate for corporate responsibility. Join petitions and campaigns calling out businesses with unsustainable practices. 9
If possible, give to every beggar on the street. An apple, a bottle of water, small change or even just a smile are better than not giving at all. 1

Compost food scraps. 1
Drive less. Walk, cycle, take public transport or car pool. 2
Take re-useable bags to the store. 3
Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally. 4
Avoid driving in peak-hour traffic. 5
Maintain your car. A well-maintained car emits fewer toxic fumes. 6
Organise for your school or company to plant new trees every year. Trees give oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. 7
Unplug TVs, computers and other electronics when not in use. 8
Spread awareness about ways to stop global warming. 9
Only buy what you need. 20-50% of the food we buy ends up in landfill. 1

Start regularly volunteering in community groups to clean up a portion of the beach from litter if living nearby. 1
Don’t buy jewellery and other items made from coral, tortoise shells or other marine life. 2
Eat local sustainable food. 3
Support organisations that protect the oceans. 4
Use fewer plastic products, which often end up in oceans causing the death of marine animals. 5
Respect laws related to over-fishing. 6
Inform yourself on ocean activities by watching educational DVDs and documentaries. 7
Avoid buying wild-caught, salt-water fish for your home aquarium. 8
Limit your carbon footprint to reduce global warming, which affects life under water. 9
Practice responsible recreational activities like boating, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking. 1

Avoid using pesticides that end up in rivers and lakes, as they are harmful to wildlife. 1
Eat seasonal produce. It tastes better, it is cheaper and it is environmentally friendly. 2
Help fund projects to rehabilitate lands. 3
Never buy products made from threatened or endangered species. 4
Recycle used paper and go paperless where possible. 5
When you go into stores, or when you participate in market places, make environmentally friendly choices that are in favour of our planet. 6
Eat less meat. The production and distribution of meat has a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions. 7
Make your own compost. It supports biodiversity, enriches the soil, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. 8
Participate in local urban farming. 9
Buy recycled products. 1

Make your voice heard and vote in your country’s elections. 1
Participate in your country’s decision-making processes in an informed manner. 2
Stop violence against women. If you see it happening, report it. 3
Find value in different demographics, thoughts and beliefs for an inclusive society. 4
Demonstrate a peaceful environment at home. 5
Be passionate about your country’s decisions, and remain peaceful when standing up for what you believe in. 6
Read, write or make a video to stand up for peace. 7
Spend some time each week quietly reflecting on how you would like to relate to others. 8
Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet. 9
Host or participate in local community events to get to know one another in safe environments. This can be at sports events, barbeques, festivals and so on. 1

Encourage schools to embrace teamwork outside the classrooms in local communities and businesses. 1
You can work or volunteer in NGOs that are working towards the Global Goals. You can contribute through various projects to achieving the Goals by 2030. 2
Teach kids about partnerships through sport. 3
Collaborate with organisations that need funding in an area you feel strongly about. 4
Encourage corporate social responsibility towards projects related to sustainable development in developing countries. 5
Collaborate with organizations in different countries who share the same goals that you have. 6
Show the power of partnerships through documentaries on success stories. 7
Be clear, specific and creative about your social goals. 8
Support export by buying products from developing countries. Pay attention to the Fair-Trade label on products which helps to indicate products from local producers in developing countries. 9
Practice teamwork at home. Share activities among all family members and outside the family. 1

Volunteering with organizations that works on demining. 1
Donate some of your money to government or aid organizations that help the victims affected by mine and other explosions. 2
Spread awareness on social media about the negative impact of mine/ERW. 3
Doing an online petition to stop the use of mine and other destructive weapons. 4
Encourage community engagement with the local authority in demining activities. 5
Report to local authorities as soon as possible when you see something that assembles mine and unexploded objects. 6
Encourage local community people not to recycle unexploded objects. 7
Show support to the government's policy related to the peace process. 8
Support victims of land mine by supporting their products and services. 9
Write blogs and online contents to express your thought and concern about mine/ERW. 1