Fifteen 15 year olds, each representing one of over 800 organisations in over 120 countries, are meeting their nation’ political leaders on 15th January to launch action/2015 – a new global movement to tackle poverty and inequality and to combat climate change. I have been chosen to be one of the fifteen people in the UK to be invited to 10 Downing Street to highlight the issues that young people care about. I will be representing “holding governments to account” which is key to the political delivery of these goals.
Action/2015’s call to governments worldwide to implement a set of Sustainable Development Goals to follow on from the Millenium Development Goals is already backed by Malala Yousafzai, Desmond Tutu and other influential individuals.
2015 is a year of opportunity for pivotal change to the future of our planet and the people on it. Two global summits will bend the course of history. The first, in New York in September, will agree “Sustainable Development Goals” (as successors to the millennium development goals) – to tackle poverty, build equality and protect our fragile planet. The second, in Paris, in December, will set new climate action targets – a crucial step towards a safer planet.
As we move towards these summits, we know the world is not meeting its targets for ending poverty, tackling inequality, and avoiding climate change, but it does not have to be this way…we have the tools, knowledge and resources to do this.
Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals can achieve huge things for humanity by 2030:
- An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy so that a safe climate and sustainable economy.
- An end to the soaring levels of inequality and discrimination, which we know destroys the lives of many, especially women and girls.
- An end to poverty in all its forms by securing development and economic systems that benefit everyone.
- Securing a world in which everyone’s fundamental rights are met and realized, including access to nutritious food, clean water, essential services, and decent employment.
- A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable.
Creating the future we all need, will require increased pressure on world leaders to ensure they make and keep their commitments for a better world.
You can help too, by raising your voice today for the generations of tomorrow. Show the world you care, by sharing your own “I am” photo, #action2015, and ask three people to share theirs. Head over here to choose an easy to use template, or you could even post your own original version. See my “I am” photo above.
This will help leaders at the summits know that millions and millions of people will be; demanding their human rights, listening to their promises, ready to hold them accountable for years to come. We stand at the turning point for the future of people and the planet. Don’t let leaders miss this chance for a better future.