This goal, which some people may not be familiar with, means "Let's do a rewarding and human-like job" and "Equal income, health, education and employment opportunities." Do you all work with peace of mind? Do you find it worthwhile to work? Do you feel that opportunities are given equally?
In fact, this goal was set by the current situation that the global unemployment rate is declining. Since the financial crisis that occurred in 2008, it has been serious due to the global financial crisis mainly in the United States and the accompanying economic collapse. It seems that while Japan's job vacancies fell to a record low in 2009, the global unemployment rate rose 5.1% in 2017, and the United States has reached a record high unemployment rate due to Covid-19.
It is difficult for us to separate "working" from our lives. It is no exaggeration to say that the more time you spend on work, the more it is your life itself. However, if you feel crisis in that important "place of work," it will be difficult to maintain not only job satisfaction but also a healthy body and mind.
Economic growth cannot be expected in an environment where human growth is not promoted. In addition, if the economy does not grow, employment will not increase, and people whose lives themselves are threatened will not be given the opportunity.
If you want to save the world, cherishing the person in front of you will save the world. It’s not that difficult, is it? Think about what you can do now.
These are short monthly Sotoshu essays on each of the 17 UN sustainable development goals. They are not written for a Western audience and there's nothing groundbreaking here; they're very much aimed at suggesting simple things that people can do at home. Nonetheless, they may provide some food for thought about ways to engage in the community. New essays will be added as they are available. Comments are open; please post reflections if you wish.