The US committed to meet the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, but like other countries, its struggling to make...
In a Zen parable, a man sees a horse and rider galloping by. The man asks the rider where hes going, and the rider responds, I dont know. Ask the horse!
It is easy to feel out of control and helpless in the face of the many problems Americans are now experiencing unaffordable health care, poverty and climate change, to name a few. These problems are made harder by the ways in which people, including elected representatives, often talk past each other.
Most people want a strong economy, social well-being and a healthy environment. These goals are interdependent: A strong economy isnt possible without a society peaceful enough to support investment and well-functioning markets, or without water and air clean enough to support life and productivity. This understanding that economic, social and environmental well-being are intertwined is the premise of sustainable development.
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, known as the SDGs, with 169 measurable targets to be achieved by 2030. Though not legally binding, all nations, including the U.S., agreed to pursue this agenda.