GOAL 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Climate change is intensifying disasters, including extreme weather events, storm surges, floods and droughts. It is vital that development strategies incorporate measures to strengthen community resilience through economic development, income diversification, strengthened natural/infrastructural defenses and disaster preparedness. While no area can escape the adverse impact of climate change, the Arctic, small islands, mega-deltas in Asia and Africa, and the African region overall seem to be especially vulnerable because of their high exposure to the effects of climate change, their populations’ limited capacity to adapt to the consequences or both (End Poverty 2015, Fact Sheet). Goal seven calls all states (especially the developed ones) to take immediate action to stop the negative trends. After all, it is the future of our children that is at stake.