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How to be a Global Active Citizen 

In 2000, 8 goals were chosen. It was hoped that by tackling these, it would contribute to making the world a better place. These were known as the Millennium Development Goals, set to take us into 2015, but what happens post 2015?

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Each goal intrinsically feeds into the other, showing the collaborative effort needed to improve them all in order for the world to live in idealistic perfect harmony.

BondInstinctively, humans are particularly empathetic creatures and we feel connected to those all around the world who face challenges. This is true of natural disasters for example, where individuals often face an uncomfortable feeling of helplessness.  This is exactly what being a Global Active Citizen is about! It encapsulates this idea of empathy alongside the longing to do something physically active to help, not only people, but sustaining where we live.

What happens Post-2015?

Oxfam AmericaThe MDGs were criticised for being too narrow in their goals with a failure to consider the true root of issues. While they, in theory, applied to all countries, in reality, they were considered targets for poor countries to achieve, with finance from wealthy developed countries. In contrast, EVERY country will be expected to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and there will be 17 goals as opposed to the previous 8.

If the draft set of 17 SDGs is agreed, the goals will become applicable from January 2016. The expected deadline for the SDGS is 2030.

So how can we help?


epSos .deThe blue, green, brown, orange, red, pink….to be honest it doesn’t really matter what colour your recycle boxes are, all you need to know is what they are for. The most common types of waste are: general waste, glass, plastic and paper/cardboard.

Everyone throws things out, we have to de-clutter, and that’s natural. The UK alone throws away more than 1000 million tonnes of waste every year. You can imagine if other countries have even half as much waste as the UK, the amount of global waste created is phenomenal.

Imagine if instead of throwing your rubbish out you simply dumped it in your living room? Give it a few weeks and you probably would not be able to see the floor! The Earth is not an infinite land and although general waste, for the most part, is biodegradable, if things are simply just dumped and left, we will eventually run out of space.

Recycling, as the name suggests, enables non-biodegradable products to get RE-used, which is a bonus as it simply just cycles the product back into general use as something else…kind of like Re-incarnation…kind of…

Be Curious:

Kelly TeagueAsk questions. Educate yourself. Educate those you know. Debate. Learn about where you are from.

Explore. A Global Active Citizen has an environmental interest. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but the cat had 8 more lives to ask more questions.


Frontier TanzaniaVolunteering is great for the soul! We live on a gorgeous planet and the only way that we can even start to take it in, is to become a part of it and immerse ourselves in everything it offers. Giving a little back to others, and the environment, makes the world seem a little smaller and change a little more likely to happen.

We should all personally take responsibility for the state of the Earth, and why shouldn’t we look after the world that we live in? After all, if our home falls apart where are we supposed to go? We haven’t quite finalised travel to Mars just yet!

Ron MaderCheck out our variety of Volunteer opportunities; take part in Marine Conservation and Community Development projects to make an actively global impact on both land and sea!

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