I recently completed a course created by SDG Academy which is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. As the course is called Climate Actions: Solutions for a Changing Planet, and the instuctors hail from leading organizations like Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), it dawned on me that the SDG Academy is cleverly named after the concept of Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning about current best next steps to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize the economy was unsettling and a cause for optimism at the same time. Finding out about the real world practicalities of carbon sinks and sources or about how the most recent developments in solar and wind can be part of some real, implementable change was encouraging.
I agree that, in Canada, we must have all levels of governments align with all sectors of business as well as with innovative entrepreneurs to meet SDGs. When we, in Canada, become more proactive because we are well aligned, we lead by example for the rest of the world. We become better positioned to assist countries with less prosperity in also attaining these necessary Sustainable Development Goals. Reducing the worldwide felt effects of fire weather, droughts, and flooding will take worldwide efforts and alignment. With these advances in technology, some of this is achievable. It will take leadership. It will take role modeling. It will take mentorship. This is where governance experts shine. I encourage everyone who serves in governance to investigate the courses offered by SDG Academy. The more leaders have this specific information on applicable solutions, the more organizations can get creative in their implementation.