Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address critical environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement.

The SDGs will shape the action taken by governments and influence expectations of consumers, communities, and society at large. Businesses will have a critical role to play, and those that choose to ignore the SDGs or delay a response may miss the opportunity they present and be more exposed to unwelcome risk.

How can Earthwatch help?

Earthwatch is uniquely placed to support businesses with their response to the SDGs. Our strong scientific background and extensive experience of working in partnership has helped us to develop interdisciplinary programs that reach across many of the SDGs. We help our partners to understand how they can focus on material issues and to collect and support business-relevant science aligned to their SDG priorities.

Our approach engages employees and other stakeholders and inspires action, connecting them to business sustainability objectives. This enables global programs to have increased significance and impact at local level and make a direct contribution to the SDGs.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Earthwatch Australia is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

The IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Earthwatch Australia is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We know that cleaning up the beaches is vital, but the real problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans and beaches, and so must the solutions. The Global Commitment is a line in the sand to eliminate plastic pollution at its source.

By working side-by-side, businesses and governments have the power to tackle plastic pollution at the source. The real question is not whether a world without plastic pollution is possible but what we will do together to make it happen.