17 birds to show the way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 17 birds to show the way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Friday, 31 January 2020

17 birds to show the way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The emperor penguin, the crane, the swallow, the hummingbird, the European turtledove and the alpine sparrow, among others, are examples of birds that can help us remember the United Nations 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

The publication "17 birds for 17 SDGs" links each objective with a bird’s characteristics and way of life to focus on it from a biodiversity perspective and "take on the challenge" of building sustainable development.


Thus, the Ibis Eremita, an African survivor who also seeks to get out of poverty, seems to be linked to SDG number 1.

The Common Crane is an effective transmitter of knowledge to its young, hence it defines Goal 4 very well, which ensures quality education.

The Emperor Penguin represents absolute reconciliation. This species is the largest of all penguins, and they are known primarily for their unique reproductive cycle - which includes a long trip that they repeat each year to mate and feed their young - in which male and female share all the tasks. We know from Objective 5 that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but the necessary basis for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

The Alpine Sparrow, a species linked to the existence of snowfields and meadows where it finds its livelihood. Its habitat, however, could disappear or decrease drastically if the planet’s progressive warming appears to be confirmed. The relationship between this bird and Objective 13 is inevitable, which reveals the need to take urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects. 

The Blue Macaw, which fights so that its beauty does not lead to extinction, has a lot to do with Objective 10 and the need to reduce inequalities in and between countries.

For the most part, the Common Sparrow wants to remain a neighborhood bird in healthy cities and is a good ambassador for Objective 11, which focuses on the achievement of sustainable cities and communities.

The Turtledove, a victim of agricultural abuse, defends Objective 12 very well, which pursues responsible production and consumption.

The Atlantic Puffin, damaged by an overexploited sea, is closely linked to Objective 14, which overlooks the oceans, seas, and marine resources.

This publication demonstrates that birds can be symbols of many behaviors pursued by the SDGs. At the same time, it indicates the state of the planet’s health, such as the Blackbird, whose presence guarantees the purity of the waters.

For this reason, the high commissioner for the 2030 Agenda in Spain, Cristina Gallach, explained during the presentation of this guide that the contents she collects are concrete examples of the consequences of living "with her back to nature".

This article was originally edited by Get Up and Goals! Spain. You can read the original version here: 17 aves para mostrar el camino para alcanzar los ODS.


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