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Shift
Shift

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.2 - Sanitation and Hygiene

  • SDG 12.4 - Chemical and Waste Management

Using revolutionary technology, Shift converts animal waste into reliable, inexpensive energy in developing countries.

STORY

Using revolutionary technology, Shift converts animal waste into reliable, inexpensive energy in developing countries. Shift currently operates 12 projects in remote villages Pakistan, supporting over 500 people, with plans to expand globally.


By repurposing cow waste and transforming into clean energy, Shift is solving two huge global problems: 1. climate change and 2. energy insecurity.

IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES

As always with sustainable development projects, one of the major challenges is getting local buy-in from the communities that stand to benefit from our technology. Our team has worked tirelessly to forge strong partnerships with local community leaders based on mutual trust and respect.

The Transformational Moment: Global Reset & the Future of Hope
The Transformational Moment: Global Reset & the Future of Hope

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.b - Participation

  • SDG 11.b - Sustainable Communities

  • SDG 13.3 - Climate Action

The risk at that moment is that our society will lapse into some different but still functionally unaltered version of what we had before the pandemic which would be a disaster leading only to the next disasters. The world won’t be and shouldn’t be the same again. Our interests should reside in not re-creating the world we had, but the world we want. This initiative is an invitation for participants to imagine that world for themselves. The premise of this project is that while it will be critical to rebuild our societal structure once this pandemic passes, many are of the view that we should be using this hiatus to thoughtfully consider how we can restructure in ways that perpetuate our gains in carbon emissions reductions while at the same time making other critically needed changes to our economies and lifestyle expectations that will make us not just less vulnerable to pandemics in the future but bolster meaningful persistent action in achieving the goals of the UN’s 2030 Transforming Our World global sustainable development agenda in time to ensure we never come this close to crossing the threshold of societal collapse again.


A Partnership between the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health The Gail O’Riordan Climate & the Arts Legacy Series Creatively United Centre.


Climate and Artist Webinars: https://creativelyunited.org/climate-artists-series/presentations/ 

Ohenagos: Water is Life
Ohenagos: Water is Life

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.b - Participation

Co-creating water research that integrates Western Science and Indigenous and Local Knowledges; developing tools and resources for enhanced resilience in Indigenous communities and youth empowerment; developing grass roots solutions for water secure futures. 


Let’s Talk Water Vodcast: https://www.ohneganos.com/lets-talk-water 

Accelerating the Implementation of Water-Related SDGs
Accelerating the Implementation of Water-Related SDGs

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.1 - Drinking Water

  • SDG 6.2 - Sanitation and Hygiene

  • SDG 6.5 - Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

  • SDG 13.1 - Climate Hazards

Sustainable Development Goal 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS) – a tool to assess data availability and national status of water-related sustainability targets including: human resources capacity; financial needs and capacity; policy and institutional needs and capacity; disaster risk reduction; gender mainstreaming; and, integrity.   

Lake Futures: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity and Resilience of Lakes and their Watersheds
Lake Futures: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity and Resilience of Lakes and their Watersheds

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.3 - Water Quality

  • SDG 6.5 - Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

This Global Water Futures initiative is working towards identifying targeted best management practices to reduce nutrient exports, given agricultural legacies and a changing climate, as well as develop integrated watershed-lake models for better prediction of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). 

eDNA for Healthy Watersheds
eDNA for Healthy Watersheds

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.3 - Water Quality

  • SDG 6.6 - Water-Related Ecosystems

Successful protection of water-related ecosystems requires rapid detection of change, especially in response to pollution. Advancing eDNA methodology for characterising water quality has potential to be included into the in citizen science toolbelt; training with early adopters is underway with more systematic training a future opportunity. 

Columbia River Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative
Columbia River Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.5 - Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

  • SDG 6.6 - Water-Related Ecosystems

  • SDG 6.b - Participation

This Collaborative is a consortium of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, local, provincial, and national governments, academia, and industry. It’s goal is to increase monitoring sites and variables within the Columbia River Basin to fill knowledge gaps, address stakeholder needs, support decision-making, and make data widely available.  

Living Lakes Canada
Living Lakes Canada

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.6 - Water-Related Ecosystems

Recognised as one of Canada’s top water stewards, Living Lakes Canada collaborates with communities, researchers, and other non-governmental organisations to protect water and address climate change impacts. Programs include citizen science, mapping sensitive water habitats in Canada, and connecting Indigenous and western science around water.  

Collaborative Leadership Initiative: Good Growth, Good Governance, Good Stewardship
Collaborative Leadership Initiative: Good Growth, Good Governance, Good Stewardship

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.6 - Water-Related Ecosystems

  • SDG 6.b - Participation

The Collaborative Leadership Initiative was established in 2019 and represents a collaborative approach between Indigenous and settler leaders and elected officials to develop strategic approaches to shared problems. This includes protecting water resources in the region. Shared learnings of histories and worldviews facilitate development of mutually beneficial decision-making processes. 


Video Resource: https://vimeo.com/365218387

Lake Friendly
Lake Friendly

APPLICABLE SDGs:

  • SDG 6.3 - Water Quality

  • SDG 6.6 - Water-Related Ecosystems

In 2013, Lake Winnipeg was named the "Threatened Lake of the Year" by Global Nature Fund. This was mainly in response to increasing pollution from agriculture and wastewater effluents. Lake Friendly is a not-for-profit that continues to mobilise Manitobans to do the right thing when it comes to Lake Winnipeg and shares many small actions that individuals, communities, corporations, and municipalities can do that can have a large positive impact on the lake. Lake Friendly promotes activities that create awareness, generate engagement and partnerships, and improve water quantity and quality as well as local response to floods and droughts.


“We are all part of our watershed. We all have an essential role to play in ensuring we have fresh water for generations to come.”

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