How are people shaping up across the South West?

Back in 2004 the SWLFSC ‘Way Ahead’ strategy committed to change aspects of life: our thinking, resources use, response to climate change, approach to health and equality,  and to increase our sense of control – moving from feelings of powerlessness to ownership of a more sustainable future.

Moving forward, the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development is built on the framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together stimulating action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Everyone needs to be involved; individuals, communities, private public and voluntary sectors and the media. The SWLFSC holds that only learning can lead to the change we need. Social change relying on a convergence of views is summarised by P Russell (1991):

‘A person whose goal is self- realisation… is helping change the world at a very fundamental level’ and we may be reaching a tipping point, where there are sufficient numbers of self- reflective consciousnesses on the planet for the next level (of development) to appear’.
South West Sustainable Stories

Have you got a story to tell?

We are growing a set of stories; showing how people across the South West are shaping a sustainable future. Submit your story and supporting images online, and we’ll publish them on our website for others to enjoy.

Browse stories by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 2: Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 4: Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 5: Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production
Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Goal 14: Life below water
Goal 14: Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Goal 15: Life on land
Goal 15: Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable manage forests, combat desertification, and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Partnerships and governance for sustainable development.