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World Sustainability Plan 2019

Moved by the Pope's Encyclical a few years ago, I've established my own sustainability plan. I've also been inspired recently by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's 17 Sustainable Development Goals so much that I've decided to rewrite my sustainability plan in context of those goals.

One thing I notice is that these goals do not focus much on civil or personal rights. They call out gender inequality and slavery which is good, but nothing about race, age or other civil matters like government/corporate spying.

My efforts should be focused towards the following 3 goals:

  • Global Policy/voting/political activity/charity to support, implement and maintain goals on a local level
  • Local Policy/voting/political activity/charity to support, implement and maintain goals on a global level
  • Personal goals to ensure I myself am taken care of

We are truly stewards of the earth.

1: No Poverty

  • Global: Support a charity which supports business and economic development
  • Local: Support a charity which supports business and economic development
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for Services and a Basic Safety Net
  • Personal: Maintain my Career Path and Growth

2: Zero Hunger

  • Global: Support a charity which provides aid for groups in famine/distress
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for Services and a Basic Safety Net
  • Personal: Eat a healthy, balanced, moderate diet high in fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy and beans
  • Personal: Eat a diet low in alcohol, sugar, meat and carb

3: Good Health and Well-being

  • Global: Support charities to help end disease
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for Affordable, Quality Health Care for All
  • Local: Political Active/Vote to end Broken Healthcare/Hospital System
  • Personal: Exercise 4 times per wk
  • Personal: Do not sit for long periods of time
  • Personal: Get adequate sleep
  • Personal: Meditate 5 times per wk
  • Personal: Only natural food, no chemicals

4: Quality Education

  • Global: Support charity which enhances Education for Developing Nations
  • Global: Support charity which supports free information and free education
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for High Quality Primary Education for All
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for High Quality Secondary/Trade Education for All
  • Local: Support Open Access to technical, trade, religious and philosophical resources
  • Local: Support Open Access to life skills, investment and soft skills training
  • Local: Support Open Access to family planning resources
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports ubiquitous, free (as in freedom), high speed internet
  • Personal: Continue to educate myself in philosophy, soft skills, trades, science and practical skills

5: Gender Equality

  • Global: Support charities who specifically call out women's specific needs
  • Local: Support/vote for policy which does not discriminate by gender, race or religion
  • Local: Support/vote for policy which does not exploit or injure children
  • Personal: Ensure my personal choices are not affected by bias

6: Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Global: Support/vote for charities that implements and maintains water and sanitation infrastructure
  • Global: Support/vote for policy that implements and maintains water and sanitation infrastructure
  • Local: Support/vote for policy to maintain our infrastructure
  • Personal: Live a hygienic lifestyle
  • Personal: Drink clean, filtered water

7: Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Global: Support/vote for policy that implements and maintains sustainable power production
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that implements and maintains sustainable power production
  • Personal: Purchase 100% renewable energy

8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Global: Only purchase imported goods that are Fair Trade or from countries that have a good track record of employee treatment
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports sustainable economic growth
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports equal growth
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports fair trade between nations
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that encourages local manufacturing and moves away from imports
  • Local: Fix broken insurance industry
  • Local: End patents
  • Personal: Maintain and grow my career
  • Personal: Maintain and grow my retirement fund

9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Global: Not Applicable
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that builds roadways, trains and airports to move people and products
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports free, fair and open markets
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that supports sustainable industry and transport infrastructure
  • Local: Political Active/Vote for Autonomous Vehicle Development
  • Personal: 26mpg minimum vehicle fuel standard
  • Personal: Buy only locally made, American made or things that are regionally specific

10: Reduced Inequality

  • Global: Not Applicable
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that significantly reduces income inequality
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that significantly reduces discriminatory practices
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that enables equal access to resources
  • Local: Support/vote for policy to make all director and above salary public
  • Personal: Support charities in the context of this document at 1% of total income, pretax

11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Global: Not Applicable
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that implements disaster preparation
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that implements quality, sustainable housing for all
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that implements sustainable public transportation for all
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that reduces fossil fuel usage to special purpose uses (e.g. lubrication) only
  • Local: Support/vote for policy for fiscal responsibility
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that implements a multi-party voting system and democratic election of leadership
  • Personal: Be prepared for many (planned and unplanned) disasters
  • Personal: Purchase a reasonable (not huge) sized house

12: Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Global: Buy from countries that have sustainable practices in place
  • Local: Support/vote for policies which support a sustainable food chain
  • Local: Support/vote for policies which support sustainable production of goods
  • Local: End speculation in commodities
  • Personal: 10yr lifespan on non-consumable purchases
  • Personal: Buy things that can be recycled or easily return to soil (including packaging)
  • Personal: Buy things that are sustainable (low/no ecological footprint to source, build and transport)
  • Personal: Eliminate waste and food waste

13: Climate Action

  • Global: No Action
  • Local: Support policy/vote to make all production and consumption and human activity sustainable
  • Personal: Bring water consumption within 1 Earth
  • Personal: Bring food production and consumption within 1 Earth
  • Personal: Bring all material consumption within 1 Earth
  • Personal: Bring greenhouse gas production within 1 Earth

14: Life Below Water

  • Global: No Action
  • Local: Donate to fresh water conservation
  • Local: Donate to biodiversity conservation
  • Local: Support/vote for policy which supports sustainable greenhouse gas production
  • Local: Support policy/vote for wildlife co-habitation
  • Local: Support policy/vote to eliminate water pollution
  • Personal: Respect our natural resources when I visit them
  • Personal: Buy sustainably produced seafood
  • Personal: Eat seafood in moderation
  • Personal: Reduce water usage

15: Life on Land

  • Global: No Action
  • Local: Donate to breathable conservation
  • Local: Donate to biodiverserity conservation
  • Local: Support/vote for policy which supports sustainable greenhouse gas production
  • Local: Support policy/vote for wildlife co-habitation
  • Local: Support policy/vote to eliminate air pollution
  • Local: Support policy/vote to eliminate land pollution
  • Personal: Respect our natural resources when I visit them
  • Personal: Buy sustainably produced food
  • Personal: Eat meat in moderation
  • Personal: Eat meat ethically raised

16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

  • Global: Support policy to end all border disputes
  • Global: Support policy to end all trafficking
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that eliminates crime
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that reforms the justice system
  • Local: Support a charity which provides services to make government transparent
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that reforms the police force but allows them to do their job
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that makes government accountable to the people
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that makes government representation balanced
  • Local: Support/vote for policy that respects human rights, integrity and dignity
  • Personal: Treat people with respect
  • Personal: Respect the justice system

17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

  • No Action

Sustainable Buying Guide
Before Purchase:

  1. Energy: are the energy inputs (electricity, gas, oil, wind, etc) from renewable resources?
  2. Labor: was the product produced by people who are treated and paid with dignity and respect? Is the work environment safe and clean?
  3. Manufacture/Assembly: is the product and are all the materials required to produce the product handled in such a way as to not cause pollution or landfill? Is water used sustainable? Was the factory and equipment sustainably manufactured?

After Purchase:

  1. Utility: primary function of the device
  2. Landfill: when you are done with this product will it be recyclable or compostable?
  3. Pollution: does it produce any pollution (air, land, sea, space) while it is being used? Is your device connected? What pollution does the server farm cause?

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