In 2015 the UN announced its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Goals address global poverty, inequality, and environmental crisis until 2030.
Goal 14 is to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources.” The first target is “By 2025 to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kind, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.”
Even though the goals are non-binding, they provide an important network and platform to move forward. Partnerships around the SDGs are forming which provides important sharing of information, technology, ideas, support, and encouragement.
These goals remind me that regardless of how different we are from each other, it is a small world, and we cannot pretend that our little part of it is somehow separate from the rest. We must all work together to better the entire planet. The issue of marine debris, and broader, global waste management shows me this time, and time again. I have the luxury to be concerned about my consumer power, the curiosity to investigate where my trash goes, and the integrity to realize that shipping out garbage to a developing country doesn’t solve any problems, it just puts the problem out of sight, out of mind. But as has been shown before on this blog, on Earth, there is no away. So lets work together to better the planet, our planet.
Learn about all 17 goals here
Learn about the Global Partnership on Marine Litter here