These 17 interconnected goals have been articulated to address global challenges that face us all and to inspire urgency by setting targets and goals that we want to reach by the year 2030.
Our team at FFC calls on you to join us in the UN’s initiative for all of us, regardless of where we come from, to promote world prosperity while protecting our beautiful planet.
As individuals, it might not seem like we have much power in such a big world, plagued with even bigger problems! We want to assure you that the reality is: we all have a part to play in the solutions that will make our world a better place for everybody.
Check out the UN’s super helpful (and relatable!) “Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World” and learn about the things you can start on today to do your part in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and help save the planet and all the amazing people in it.
FFC will be right alongside you and countless others all over the world who are taking initiative with the goals in the UN’s Sustainable Development campaign. In the coming weeks/months, we will be highlighting each individual goal in the UN campaign- getting us all to think about ways that we can act and consume responsibly and consciously in our everyday lives. It won’t be easy, but can we all agree that this world is worth it? Let’s get to it!
GOAL 1: No Poverty
“End poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030”
Currently, 11% of the world’s population live in extreme poverty and are struggling to access basic necessities. These people are living on less than $1.90 per day. If the world doesn’t take action by 2030, 167 million children will live in extreme poverty.
Poverty has many dimensions and while it may not affect those of us who are living comfortable lives, we have an obligation as human beings to help one another. With all of our combined efforts, we can take a step together towards eliminating poverty.
Can we achieve this goal?
Absolutely. Economist Jeffrey Sachs calculated that to end extreme poverty worldwide in 20 years, it would cost $175 billion per year. This is less than one percent of the combined incomes of the richest countries in the world.
What can you do?
Although poverty is such a big global problem that seems impossible for us individuals to address, we all play a role in helping one another. As individuals, we can use our voices and votes to make a difference! Your active engagement in policy making can make a difference in addressing poverty. Voicing out, sharing your knowledge, and spreading awareness is crucial, but you can also support transformational change in people’s lives and communities with the power of your dollar as a consumer.
As fellow lovers of fashion, FFC wants to remind you of ways that we have a responsibility to the planet and all its people to consume not just eco-consciously, but just as importantly—ethically. This means shopping brands that engage in ethical trade, use sustainably-sourced materials, and pay fair wages to workers who labor in safe environments. In other words: do your research before buying and ensure that you are not feeding into systems that not only degrade the environment, but adversely affect the quality of living for people around the world.
Need some ideas? Check out this article at The Borgen Project to learn about 5 companies in the fashion industry whose work goes toward addressing issues of poverty in the world.
Check out these brands that support fair trade!
We have some suggestions for you! We know it takes time to research new brands, so we want to make your lives a little bit easier! The brands below support ethical and fair trade as well as sustainably-sourced materials. Choosing ethical fashion brands is a great way that we as consumers can make small steps toward ending huge issues like world poverty. Happy shopping!