The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2016, is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people around the world enjoy peace and prosperity. These seventeen goals were the subject of an informative, action-packed assembly conducted by environment enthusiasts from Years 8-12 on October 29, 2017, under the guidance of Ms. Bella Toscano.
The assembly opened with a brief video outlining each of the seventeen goals, ranging from eradicating poverty and social inequalities to ensuring the availability of clean energy and maintaining sustainable cities.
This was followed by a presentation by Israa (Yr.10), who listed simple yet practical ideas for practicing sustainability in our everyday lives. Later, Aditya (Yr.11) and Esha (Yr.12) spoke about the specifics of ‘Goal 13: Climate Action’, which identifies the global issue of climate change as ‘the defining crisis of our time’. They detailed the adverse impacts of climate change on human society and encouraged the audience to support the UNDP goals by following Abraham Lincoln’s philosophy: “Think anew, act anew.”
A recitation of ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ by students of Years 9 and 10, was followed by the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s presentation of: ‘A Letter From 2070: Save Water’, to reiterate the dire outcomes of climate change years from now, unless we act now!
The assembly concluded with a video of DGPS students sharing what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to them, followed by a melodious rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ performed by the School Choir.
This assembly was successful in making students aware of the seriousness of climate change and motivating them, to adapt a sustainable lifestyle and actively contribute to making the world safer and happier.
Shubha Kamath- Year 10