Save the World!

Ensure Environmental Sustainability

United Nations Millennium Goal 7

Target 7.A:


Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

  • Forests are a safety net, especially for the poor, but they continue to disappear at an alarming rate.
  • An increase in afforestation, a slight decrease in deforestation and the natural expansion of forests have reduced the net loss of forest from an average of 8.3 million hectares annually in the 1990s to an average of 5.2 million hectares annually between 2000 and 2010.
  • Between 1990 and 2012, global emissions of carbon dioxide increased by over 50 per cent.
  • Ozone-depleting substances have been virtually eliminated, and the ozone layer is expected to recover by the middle of this century.



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

  • Protected ecosystems covered 15.2 per cent of land and 8.4 per cent of coastal marine areas worldwide by 2014.



Target 7.C:
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

  • The world has met the target of halving the proportion of people without access to improved sources of water, five years ahead of schedule.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 2.6 billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources.
  • Worldwide 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation. Despite progress, 2.4 billion are still using unimproved sanitation facilities, including 946 million people who are still practicing open defecation.
MDG 7: Environmental Sustainability

Your Mission:

1. Pick a problem that you would like to research.

2. Choose a country that has a long way to go until your problem is solved.

3. You will need to find 5- 10 facts about the problem and 5- 10 facts about your country.

4. You will need to come up with a reasonable solution. A committee will vote on your solution to fund the project in the country of your choice.

5. Create a "smore" board that includes at least 3 pictures, your facts, solution and works' cited page.

6. Present your board to the class.

7. Vote on the solution you would fund!