On January 15, 2015, organizations and individuals around the world will come together for the launch of action/2015 – a movement to demand change and to work to ensure world leaders adopt truly ambitious goals and agreements on addressing climate change, poverty, inequality and injustice.
We want your UNA-USA Campus Chapter to be a part of it! Here are some ways to get involved:
- Download the campus chapter toolkit
- Find out 10 easy ways to participate
- View the digital engagement toolkit
- Share this graphic
- Print your own 'I am..." sign
- Join our nationwide conference call on action/2015 and the Post-2015 Agenda on January 15, 3 p.m. ET
- Watch U.S. Youth Observer Jackson Dougan's Google Hangout, "action/2015: Cause or a New Generation" on January 15 at 12 p.m. ET
- Tweet your activities using #action2015
- Visit action2015.org for more information and to see a detailed schedule of the day's activities
2015 is a pivotal year for our world: The Millennium Development Goals have reached their end, and we are presented with new opportunities to envision a bright future. 2015 will include decisions that will change the future for our people and our planet. World leaders must raise their ambition for humanity, but to make that happen, we must first raise our voices.
In September, the United Nations will set a new framework for humanity, to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction through the Sustainable Development Goals. And in December, new binding climate change targets will be agreed upon.
We’ve come a long way in the last fifteen years, but we still have far to go to see the world we want by 2030. About one in five persons in the developing world still lives on less than $1.25 per day, and almost 300,000 women died globally in 2013 from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990, One-third of urban residents in developing regions still live in slums.
Our leaders will write their ‘to-do lists’ for a generation, and these commitments could achieve huge things, like:
- An end to poverty in all its forms by securing development and economic systems that benefit everyone – not only the few.
- An end to soaring levels of inequality and discrimination, which destroys the lives of many, especially women and girls.
- Securing a world in which everyone’s fundamental rights are met and realized, including access to nutritious food, clean water, essential services, and decent employment.
- An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy so that a safe climate and sustainable economy –with all its benefits for people and planet – is possible.
- A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable.
Around the world, a movement is growing to demand that their leaders seize this unique opportunity to take ambitious action for the future – and we want you to be a part of it!