Sustainable Development: The Future Starts Now

In 2015, world leaders met and agreed to work together to eliminate poverty, solve climate change challenges and build more resilient societies. The 2030 Agenda is the actual blueprint for sustainable development, outlining 17 action items that will be resolved by 2030.

The Future Starts Now is a visually beautiful film relaying our responsibility to look after everyone and everything on the planet “unto the seventh generation.” It is Narrated by Chief Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs, who is also featured in the film.

In 1972, the United Nations held a conference on the human environment that resulted in the Sustainable Development Report.  The concept of sustainable development is to honor the rights of all people to an environmentally friendly future by putting to a halt the unsustainable practices – the over-dependence on fossil fuels, resulting in the acceleration of global climate change, and development practices which cause the destruction of species and natural resources. The Sustainable Development Report proposes a blueprint for change, inspired by input from industrialized and developing nations, indigenous people, governments, communities, and other concerned groups from around the planet. Through better communication, nations and communities can cooperate much more easily to achieve their goal.

The 2030 Agenda

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health & Well Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water & Sanitation
  7. Affordable & Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption & Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships For The Goals

With the involvement of all the groups mentioned above, along with world governments, the United Nations, the scientific and academic community, the business sector and the private sector, the future will be brighter. If we all work together and consider ourselves part of a global community, we can change the course of life on the planet. And in that spirit, we invite YOU to join the movement.  With all of us working together, the world WILL be a better place.

This film is about sustainable development and the journey ahead. This film was shown at the opening of the High-level Thematic Debate on achieving the SDGs on 21 April 2016, directed by Natalia Vega Berry of Global Brain and edited by Steve Bell from Cutters.