Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of international agreed goals that invite all people to 'think globally and act locally' to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and take action on climate change.
There is enormous potential for communities to drive this agenda at a local level, by nurturing what is working already and growing new ideas through innovation. The Wheel is actively committed to working with, and through, our members and the wider sector to achieving the SDGs.
The Wheel is engaged in a series of projects to highlight the importance of these goals:
In the Autumn of 2017 The Wheel was part of an open call to the Environmental Protection Agency ‘EPA Research – 2017 UN Sustainable Development Goals Call’.
The Wheel, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, were successful in applying for an 18-month project titled "Piloting innovative approaches in sustainable communities towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland". It was one of 3 projects funded during the open call and the only one that focussed specifically on communities.
The research fellow from TCD working with The Wheel on this project is Dr Vincent Carragher. The project hopes to build on Dr Carragher’s previous work in this space, EPA report 238, “Factors that Drive the Sustainable Behaviour and Transition of Communities, Groups and Individuals”
The programme focuses on four key areas:
1. Reach (Awareness)
Direct Community Engagement through the networks of The Wheel and Dr Carraghers previous community engaged research groups via forums, seminars, coffee mornings across the country to build awareness of the actions and ideas that can Spark Change in local communities
A key motivator to action is through competition and rivalry. Like Tidy Towns there will be a national competition where communities can take the Challenge. We encourage people to start a project that will help their community become more environmentally, economically or socially sustainable.
We will host an awards ceremony at the end of the project to recognise the communities that have taken the challenge and announce winners in the various categories.
Underpinning all of the work is a key pillar of making the SDGs real in people lives. We start from a position of recognising that there are already great things happening to make Irish communities more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Allowing people to identify their actions as contributing to the SDGs will empower people to take more actions in their communities around the SDGs and give them a framework to make the SDGs relevant and real in their everyday lives and thus drive more sustainable behaviour.
The ‘Living Better Using Less’ toolkit is a web-based resource to help build sustainable communities.
By starting first within our community/voluntary group, we can roll out our learnings to our family, community and area. This user-friendly toolkit show the way in a very practical sense.
This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Wheel is a member of Coalition 2030, an alliance of over 60 civil society organisations working together to ensure Ireland keeps its promise to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The coalition is made up of a broad range of organisations, including domestic charities, international NGOs, environmental groups, academics and trade unions. This diverse partnership has come together in the belief that Agenda 2030 – the global development plan agreed in September 2015 at the United Nations – must be fully implemented and its promises kept. Learn more about Coalition 2030.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) leads the implementation of the SDGs in Ireland. It has created a National Implementation Plan for the SDGs which sets out how Ireland will work to achieve the Goals, both domestically and internationally.
Effective implementation of the Plan will require continued engagement by a range of stakeholders including civil society, business, local government and communities.