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Sustainable Development Goals and Chinese New Year

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Better World - The Singapore Scout Association
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2022
  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sustainable Development Goals and Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is about celebrating abundance and wealth; commit to advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals to your family! At the same time, learn new Chinese New Year greetings to impress your elders.

SDG 1 : No Poverty

阖家幸福 (hé jiā xìng fú)

Commit to ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. Although the issue of poverty is much more complex than a lack of resources and wealth, learn more about how you as an individual could help to end poverty.

  • During spring cleaning consider donating your pre-loved items to a charity such as the Salvation Army. Do try to only donate items still in decent condition
  • Learn about the causes of poverty at a local level and abroad, take special note of the difference between relative and absolute poverty
  • Consider saving up your Ang Bao money for a rainy day

 

SDG 2 : Zero Hunger

五谷丰收 (wǔ gǔ fēng shōu)

While we are georging on Chinese New Year snacks and hotpot, there are people around us that – for them food security is not a given. Take personal action towards ending hunger!

  • Buy local, seasonal, and fairly traded food. Research more into the food you've bought have they been ethically sourced? Is there a local brand?
  • Believe it or not, Singapore does locally produce some of our food. Find out more about it!
  • Reduce your own food waste. Consider only cooking or taking what you can finish. Start with smaller portion and go for a second round if needed.

 

SDG 3 : Good Health and Wellbeing

生龙活虎 (shēng lóng huó hǔ)

People say that health is wealth. Therefore, being responsible for your own health is almost as important as receiving your red packets

  • Eat well and exercise regularly. That way it will also keep off the extra weight no that is doubt contributed by the hotpots
  • Mental wellness is as important as physical wellness. Learn more about mental health here
  • Wash your hands regularly

 

SDG 8 : Decent Work and Economic Growth

飞黄腾达 (fēi huáng téng dá)

Put your Ang Bao money to good use this Chinese New Year!

  • Learn about financial planning
  • Support local business!
  • Check that the goods you've purchased came from an ethical manufacturer

 

SDG 10 : Reduced Inequalities

福满人间 (fú mǎn rén jiān)

Some of us are more privileged in this world than others. We may have unequal access to resources and that could have a knock-on effect in what we do and the choices we make. 

  • Buy produces from ethical companies
  • Learn about your rights and privileges and the rights and privileges of others. Want to learn even more? Check out Regardless of...
  • Stay open minded, listen and learn from others. Want to know more about dialogue and the role it could play to reduce inequalities? Check out Dialogue for Peace

 

SDG 14 : Life Below Water

年年有余 (nián nián yǒu yú)

More than 70% of our Earth is oceans and it provides a home for a large number of inhabitants. However, we have not been very kind to it, from micro-plastics to oil spills the ocean needs our help!

  • Buy sustainable fish & seafood. Learn more about what types of seafood is best for the environment here
  • Say no to unnecessary plastics
  • Be part of the Earth Tribe and become a Healer of a Healthy Planet through the Plastic Tide Turners challenge!

 

SDG 15 : Life On Land

春意盎然 (chūn yì àng rán)

As Scouts, nature and the great outdoors is our classroom. Sharing this classroom are also our friends, land animals and plants! find out how we can protect them!

  • Learn more about the ecosystem around you. Although we are a city, we are also known as the garden city. We live with large amount of wildlife from the uwu bird (koels) to otters
  • Discover the wonders of the natural world
  • Be part of the Earth Tribe and become an Advocate for Better Choices or/and a Champion of Nature and Biodiversity through the Champions for Nature challenge!

 

SDG 16 : Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

岁岁平安 (suì suì píng'ān)

The world is a series of complex institutions interacting with each other. Much of Singapore’s economic success can be attributed to our lack of conflict and strong institutions learn more about how you can play a part in maintaining this. 

  • Be kind and tolerant to others, try to see things from their perspective and be open to a conversation about our differences and similarities
  • Support the institutions that support people
  • Take part in the Messengers of Peace!

 

As Scouts, we are committed to doing our part for the Sustainable Development Goals! We hope you would spread the message to your Friends and Family! From all of us at Better World Singapore, we wish you an auspicious Chinese New Year! 

 

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