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By PRINCE CHANDAPILLAI posted Sat September 18, 2021 10:13 AM

First  make changes in your own life and home. When possible, support your local community by purchasing food at farmers markets and make sustainable, nutritious food choices. Fight food waste by only purchasing the food you know you will be able to consume. One great tool for helping to prevent food waste is meal planning. By taking the time to plan out your meals for the week, then making a list of the necessary groceries you can avoid overbuying - both saving you money and reducing the likelihood of throwing away uneaten food.

Additionally you can use your voice to work for change buy purchasing from sustainable businesses that support and work toward zero hunger.By 2030, the UN’s goal is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Currently 1.2 billion, or 1 in 5 people do not have access to electricity. This setback acts as a constraint on human and economic development. Additionally, energy consumption is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for about 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

To improve this situation, businesses need to protect ecosystems and commit to sourcing their operational electricity needs from renewable sources. Employers can contribute by reducing the demand for transport by offering telecommuting options and incentives for those using less energy intensive transportation (such as carpools, public transport, bikes, etc…).

At an individual level, you can save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off when not in use. You can reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint by walking, biking, and ride sharing. Additionally, you can raise awareness and advocate for change through social media .
As an individual and a consumer, there are hundreds of other ways you can work for a better, more just and equitable society, and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Some are called to go a step further, partnering with and working for organizations such as the United Nations to bring these goals to fruition.
Doing something like earning a graduate degree in a sustainability related field can help transform the world. Your graduate degree will help you make a career out of your passion. A program like Bard's MBA in Sustainability can give you the knowledge and skills necessary to make your job application stand out from dozens like it.

If we truly want to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, then the world needs passionate, driven individuals in the various fields of business, who are trained to lead the change in sustainability practices and inspire others to follow. Together, leaders and individuals committed to working for justice, fighting against poverty and inequality, and adopting sustainable practices will bring about the world in which we all want to live.