Retrospective 2018

This exercise is about gathering some positive achievements in 2018 from all around the world on Sustainable Development. There may not be as many as we wish for, but there are certainly more of them than expected. To start this new year, let’s focus on the good news and aim at making them grow.

Changes of social norms have been clearly noticeable during our conferences, campaigning and workshops. The young adults we have interacted with at Business Schools are keen to find ways of reducing their footprint and almost half are eager to study more about Sustainable Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Circular Economy. Primary school boys and girls we worked with, have already a strong environmental conscious and are solution-driven, full of imagination to tackle the challenges we are facing. They fully endorse the United Nations Global Goals and embrace the concept of Global Citizenship.

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  1. Mekong river dolphins, Mexican jaguars, Nepal Tigers, finback whales and mountain gorillas’ population are on the rise
  2. The protection of The Natural Park of the Coral Sea has paid off as now marine life is booming again
  3. Kofan people from the Ecuadorian Amazon won the legal battle to protect Aguarico River and its surrounding rainforest
  4. Plastic Battle – More than 30 countries, especially in Africa, are implementing partial or total plastic bans
  5. A supermarket in Amsterdam has implemented the 1st plastic-free supermarket aisle

  6. System 001 by theoceancleanup.com was a success and should be able to remove half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within 10 years

  7. In many parts of the world, the cost of solar and wind power is now cheaper than fossil energy and continues to decrease
  8. Diu becomes India’s first fully solar-powered city
  9. Emerging countries have mostly a clean power transition investing heavily in renewable power grids
  10. Free public transport has started in Luxembourg, Estonia and Germany
  11. The progress to decrease the Cholera has been exceptional and should be eradicated by 2030
  12. The ozone hole is healing steadfastly thanks to an efficient global collaboration
  13. Eritrea and Ethiopia have signed a peace treaty ending a war of 20 years and reuniting thousands of families

  14. A bit over 100 countries have implemented policies to stimulate sustainable consumption and production

  15. More people worldwide take on diets rich in plants which reduce drastically GHG emissions
  16. All over the world, the civil society, including students, is rallying and raising its voice for a better world