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MDG 7: Environment

 Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability


Target 7a: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources

Target 7b: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

  • 7.1 Proportion of land area covered by forest
  • 7.2 CO2 emissions, total, per capita and per $1 GDP (PPP)
  • 7.3 Consumption of ozone-depleting substances
  • 7.4 Proportion of fish stocks within safe biological limits
  • 7.5 Proportion of total water resources used
  • 7.6 Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected
  • 7.7 Proportion of species threatened with extinction

Target 7c: Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

  • 7.8 Proportion of population using an improved drinking water source
  • 7.9 Proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility

Target 7d: Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020

  • 7.10 Proportion of urban population living in slums

Are we on target? 
Carbon dioxide emissions reached 28 billion metric tons in 2005 and continued upward, resulting in increased atmospheric concentrations of CO2. Globally, emissions increased by 30 per cent from 1990 to 2005, with annual growth from 2000 to 2005 greater than in the preceding decade.

From 1990 to 2005, changes in emissions ranged from a 38 per cent decline in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States to an 82 per cent increase in South-Eastern Asia. Per capita emissions remain the highest in the developed regions, about 12 metric tons of CO2 per person per year, compared with about 3 metric tons in developing regions and 0.8 metric tons in sub-Saharan Africa. Emissions per unit of economic output fell by more than 20 per cent in the developed regions, while they increased by 35 per cent in South-Eastern Asia and by 25 per cent in North Africa.

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MDG 7 Solutions

Bloom Box: new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid, that's inexpensive and clean, with no emissions. see video: Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes

Aprovecho Rocket Stoves: This ingenious technology decreases pressures on deforestation, health disease caused by smoke, and pollution form open fires.

Roots & Shoots: The Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth, Roots & Shoots, includes 7000 groups in 80 countries. There are chapters in schools, community centers, and homes around the world, involving students from kindergarten to university age.

Paulownia Tree: Fastest growing Hardwood Tree on Earth. it can be used for reforestation, sustainable lumber and fuel.

Vegawatt: The Vegawatt biofuel generator is an exellent solution for the up-cycling of used cooking oil waste. It includes a turn-key waste vegetable oil (WVO) refinery, automatically transforming  waste cooking oil to a readily available source of fuel to generate on-site electricity and hot water.

One World Youth Project: Unique middle & high school curriculum for its participating groups which focuses on the MDGs, cultural exchange, and service work.

Miracle Corners of the World (MCW): Works closely with community members and leaders, educational institutions, governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations on a global basis to develop programs that advance cross-cultural understanding and promote sustainable improvements in the education, healthcare and economic well-being.

TakingITGlobal (TIG): An international organization –led by youth and enabled by technology. TIG connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action to improve their local and global communities.

Solar Fridge: Small portable unit requiring no outside power source that is used to keep food cool for days so it does not spoil.

SolarFlex Fruit & Vegetable Dryer: Passive solar fruit and vegetable dryer that has a flexible design and is inexpensive to manufacture. Drying fruits and vegetables with this system is a cost effective long-term food storage solution that requires no external electricity to operate, and eliminates the need for chemical preservatives.

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