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Shutterstock/MintBlac The 17 SDGs.
Sustainable Development Goals and how you can easily make a positive impact
Kick off Ireland’s inaugural SDG Week with some inspiration from An Post.

WHEN YOU HEAR the words sustainable development goals, you’re likely to think of climate change and the environment – and you may even tune out because you’re unsure of how your actions can help.

But SDGs, as they’re commonly referred to, encompass far more than environmental targets, and there are certainly ways you can impact our world today and for generations to come. SDGs are simply good life goals that any person can — and should — take up! Over the next few weeks we’ll be covering a multitude of sustainability topics for An Post and we’re inviting readers to follow this series with us to learn more. 

With the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Week kicking off in Ireland from 20-26 September, we’re dispelling the myth that SDGs are only about the environment, and giving you real life inspiration from An Post to spur you on to making your own good life goals. 

What are the UN SDGs? 

Initially set by the UN in 2015, the 17 sustainable development goals cover critical issues that humans the world over are facing, in addition to climate change and environmental sustainability. From ending hunger and poverty to ensuring access to healthcare and educational services, the SDGs aim to solve the world’s most critical issues. They cover ambitions such as:

  • an end to poverty
  • sustainable economic development
  • protection of the environment
  • access to health and education services
  • gender equality
  • peaceful societies
  • decent work

Who is going to put the SDGs into action? 

So, who is going to make these goals reality? Well, the goal of Ireland’s first SDG Week is to inspire everyone, from individual citizens to local groups to businesses, to get involved in accomplishing these goals. 193 countries whose governments signed the SDG agreement are leading the way, and companies around the world are making big steps to help hit those goals. 

An Post is one of the companies in Ireland committed to leading the way in inspiring individual citizens to make good life goals, tackling five of the UN’s ambitious goals and making them their own.

You’ve probably seen the An Post zero emission vehicles (and their snazzy new bicycle trailers!) that support the goal of making sustainable living commonplace in Ireland by ensuring no nasty tailpipe emissions for you and your community. But that’s just the start. 

How is An Post putting good life goals into action? 

An Post is making headway on other SDGs as well, proving that SDGs and good life goals are not just about the environment — they are about so much more. An Post is also striving to make everyone’s lives just a bit better, now and for future generations to come.

From being committed to supporting the National Adult Literacy Agency working in our communities, they are providing easy access to information on home energy upgrades, providers, grants and more with their Green Hub. Making everyday banking services available in communities across the country is another of the ongoing initiatives in place as An Post bids to improve the quality of life in Ireland.

Coming soon: Easy ways to live a sustainable life

As one of the major employers – maintaining one of the largest fleets in Ireland and with the biggest retail network in the country – An Post recognises that its operations impact every county, community, household and business.

That is why they are committed to having a positive environmental and social impact, creating everyday opportunities for consumers to live a more sustainable life and equality for all.

The hope is that this series will inspire readers to make easily-achievable good life goals that will impact their own lives and the lives of those in their communities, which will in turn contribute to the wider world. Make sure to check back here for more concrete ideas that will help you make a difference.

If you want to learn more, Ireland’s first Sustainable Development Goals Week is taking place this year from 20 – 26 September 2022. Find out more information on the first SDG Week here. Make sure to keep reading The Journal over the next few weeks to see more sustainability topics from An Post. 

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