SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are the international goals for a sustainable and better world by 2030. It is adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015, and the main goal is to "Leave no one behind" in society.
In January 2020, the Decade of Action to Achieve the SDGs has been begun. Also, Soto Zen Buddhism itself has started several kinds of project to try to achieve the goals.
One in 7 children in Japan is living in poverty. More than 800 million people in the world are still living on less than US$1.90 a day. Many problems are caused by living in a state of poverty. For example, we cannot buy a piece of bread or a rice ball at a convenience store in Japan for US$1.90. The prices of them might vary by region by region....
It means that for US$1.90 a day, not only do they not get enough food and water to drink, but they are not be able to get an education, or go to a hospital if they feel under the weather. The cases of the children growing up in such families have been currently reported that in many cases the poverty is passed down from parents to children as it is like a chain.
Please learn about each of the 17 goals, and the current situation. And then, it is important to accept the 17 goals as your own, and take an action, for example, donating clothes which you no longer wear or excess foods is a good way.
Please look around you, so, a better way to do might be found.
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.