The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Rural Municipality of Gimli - Youth Engagement on Water Protection of Lake Victoria

Interlake youth in Manitoba are passionate about environmental issues and concerned about the future sustainability of the fishery on Lake Winnipeg. Many similar issues of ecological damage affect the long-term livelihoods for young adults living along Lake Victoria in Tanzania.

Through MCIC’s Community Solidarity Fund, youth in the Rural Municipality of Gimli connected with the Tanzanian Society of Agricultural Education and Extension (TSAEE) to work to address water and environmental issues. TSAEE supports ongoing initiatives to protect the Lake Victoria environment by providing extension education to mobilized youth groups participating in agricultural activities adjacent to the lake. Youth were trained on land husbandry techniques, proper and safe use of agro chemicals and environmental management.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counter balance the effects of climate change.

Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. However, today we are seeing 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks overexploited, reaching below the level at which they can produce sustainable yields.

Oceans also absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 percent rise in ocean acidification since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Marine pollution, an overwhelming majority of which comes from land-based sources, is reaching alarming levels, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter to be found on every square kilometre of ocean.

The SDGs aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. Enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through international law will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing our oceans.