17 local champions inspire children to support Sustainable Development Goals

24 October 2023

As this year marks the half-way point to achieving the SDGs by 2030, we have interviewed 17 local champions to hopefully inspire children.

To celebrate United Nations Day and empower local children and their communities to take action towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we have met 17 remarkable individuals who are giving us local, real life examples of what these global goals can mean in everyday life, on our doorstep.

What has struck us is that their message is very much aligned: everyone can contribute with small actions!

💡 Go outdoors and connect with nature! said University of Brighton‘s Dr Catherine Kelly
💡 Pay attention to the things you buy, as “Every pound is a vote” as Dougal Alexander Fleming from Clean Growth UK put it
💡 Watch women’s football matches to foster gender equality, Karen Dobres from Lewes Football Club recommends
💡 Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth! says Fola Damola who is a water chemical engineer
💡Treat everybody with dignity and respect, encourages Councillor Bella Sankey
💡Turn the lights off when you leave the room, says Miles Davidson, local energy expert
💡Try to put the food you need on your plate, to avoid wasting it if you put too much! says Paul Loman from the The Real Junk Food Project in Brighton
💡Play in teams as we are stronger together! Martin Harris, chair of The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere
💡Tell the story of the SDGs around you and educate your friends and family! Jonathan Cooper claims, as a former headteacher
And the list goes on!

Kicking off this video series are Katie Eberstein, from the Our City Our World environmental education programme, and Steve Kenzie, who introduce what these goals are and why they are important.

Video introducing Sustainable Development Goals
Interview with Miles Davidson on SDG 1 No Poverty
Paul Loman on SDG 2 Zero Hunger
Dr Catherine Kelly on SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing
Jonathan Cooper on SDG4 Quality Education
Karen Dobres on SDG 5 Gender Equality
Fola Damola on SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Katie Scanlan on SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Sarah Springford on SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Dougal Fleming SDG9 Industry Innovation Infrastructure
Councillor Bella Sankey on SDG10 Reduced Inequalities
Councillor Tim Rowkins on SDG 10 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Cat Fletcher on SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Ellie Wyatt on SDG 13 Climate Action
Rob Pearson on SDG 14 Life Below Water
Kim Dawson on SDG 15 Life on Land
Vicar Martin Poole on SDG16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
Martin Harris on SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

A huge thank you to all the interviewees and to Josef Stringfellow, Filmmaking student at UWE Bristol and to Joe Elliott, Film Production student at Brighton Screen and Film School, who volunteered to help us deliver this series.

The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere
Our City Our World logo
Brighton & Hove City Council logo

Melanie David-Durand

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