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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2019, Trinity College was ranked 10th globally - by the Times Higher Education rankings - for implementation of SDG #13, Climate Action. The Climate Action SDG measures universities’ research on climate change, their use of energy and their preparations for dealing with the consequences of climate change. We also ranked 18th globally for implementation of SDG #3, Good Health and Wellbeing, which measures universities’ research on key diseases and conditions, their support for healthcare professions and the health of students and staff.

In September 2015, the leaders of all 193 member states of the UN adopted Agenda 2030, a universal agenda that contains the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integrate all three aspects of sustainable development; social, economic and environmental. They call for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle-income - to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

For the goals to be met, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and the general public. There are so many things everyone can do to contribute. Here are a few good things to start you off:

  • Spread the word about the SDGs, so that more people can take action and contribute to meeting the Goals.
  • Join an organization (such as the TCD Green Campus Committee) that actively contributes to meeting the Goals.
  • Reduce your general waste and your environmental footprint. Avoid plastics, take the train instead of the airplane, the bike instead of the car. Buy less stuff!
  • Make conscious choices in your consumption. Buy local and try to make sure what you buy is produced in fair and sustainable ways.
  • Show compassion and stand up against racism, exclusion, discrimination and injustice.
  • Use your imagination. The future depends on our ability to imagine it with beauty, kindness and fairness.

For more hints and tips of good things you can do in your everyday life, read the UN’s Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World.