Developing volunteering actions
As SDG1 No Poverty Ambassador, I will mainly focus my actions on developing volunteering actions towards population in needs in Rotterdam. Poverty is still omnipresent and 6% of the world population the global population will still be living in extreme poverty in 2030 . Therefore, it is crucial to offer help and to develop awareness and share with as many people as possible the NGOs who take part in the same battles with a broader scope.
To do so, I will love to work together with SDG2 and organize food collection and donate that to food bank and nearby communities in need. This project could tackle both SDG 1 and 2.
SDG 1: No poverty
Being an ambassador for SDG 2 is very special to me. It does not only align with my studies in Global Business & Sustainability but also with my experience during an internship in India, where I witnessed the significance of this specific SDG in addressing global food security challenges. As an ambassador, I aim to curb food waste at our university by giving leftover food a second chance. My project embodies a vision of a more caring and sustainable world where surplus food gets viewed as an opportunity to nourish those in need, rather than a burden to be discarded.
SDG 2: Zero hunger
Encouraging students for healthier lifestyles
As an SDG Ambassador, I am committed to improving student well-being and promoting Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being. My project this year will focus on encouraging students to lead healthier lifestyles and raising awareness about their mental and physical well-being. Through an interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage with experienced fitness trainers, study advisors, and nutritionists, fostering discussions on how to enhance their overall well-being. We hope that this event will inspire people to adopt healthier habits and lead more fulfilling lives, aligning with the principles of SDG 3.
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Sharing quality education with others
The core issue responsible for all the critical problems our planet faces today is the lack of quality education.<o:p></o:p>
In underdeveloped countries, limited access to education robs people of opportunities, while in developed nations, education often focuses on the wrong priorities.
The old saying of "fighting fire with fire" no longer applies. It's time to fight the crisis of poor education with the power of quality education. Are you in?
As the ambassador for SDG 4 – Quality Education, my primary objective is to share our university's expertise in quality education with the entire country. This will be achieved not only by establishing SDG Ambassadors in different universities but also by partnering with SDG 5 to promote gender equality.
SDG 4: Quality education
Empowering people of all genders through education
As an ambassador for gender equality, I aim to empower people of all genders through education, advocacy and support to promote inclusivity and equality on campus and beyond.
I'll work with several SDGs, focusing on equal opportunities, diversity, fair compensation and anti-discrimination measures. Initiatives include organising inclusive sporting events (SDG 3 x SDG 5), creating educational video (SDG 4 x SDG 5) and providing insight into different working environments (SDG 8 x SDG 5).
In collaboration with campus initiatives, we'll challenge stereotypes and promote inclusiveness. The expected outcomes align with our overarching goal of promoting a more equitable society for all.
Femke de Leeuw
SDG 5: Gender equality
Saving our water resources
Water. Regardless of its state, it is the most valuable and vital resource on planet earth. It is crucial to preserve and protect our oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. Access to clean water and sanitation services aren’t given to everyone around the globe.
Being an ambassador for SDG6, which focuses on clean water and sanitation, is for me a great opportunity to tackle and to raise awareness on these issues.
I am looking forward to collaborating with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.
I will also actively work with Malena Bilalis, ambassador for SDG 14, by organizing workshops and cultural activities throughout the year!
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Inevitable global transition from fossil fuel to sustainable energy sources
It is my strong belief that the world will not be able to tolerate the systematic way of life humans now possess. Eventually, we will reach a breaking point at which drastic changes to our way of life will occur through extreme climate change. Thus, I will partner up with companies such as Platform Zero, which build new ventures and co-create & scale solutions with passionate and ambitious top talent in the middle of the leading energy & maritime hub in the world, to promote affordable and sustainable energy consumption through various events, such as workshops, seminars, and panel discussions.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
Educating on sustainable business practices
This academic year, I will be the ambassador for SDG 8, promoting decent work and economic growth!
My goal will be to organize guest lectures on corporate social responsibility (CSR) to promote awareness and better understanding of sustainable business practices. I aim to foster meaningful dialogues and encourage students to integrate ethical practices and sustainability into their careers.
I believe that together we can make a true impact and contribute to the RSM’s of creating positive change in business and society.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Setting a new standard for future generations
As an SDG 9 Ambassador, I firmly believe that building resilient, sustainable, and innovative infrastructure is the foundation of our future. In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, it's imperative for society and businesses to adapt and evolve. Sustainable infrastructure safeguards our planet fuels economic growth, and fosters inclusivity. By championing SDG 9, we're not just investing in infrastructure; we're investing in a brighter, more equitable future for all. Together, let's embrace innovation and sustainability, setting a new standard for future generations.
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Social Inclusion & Diversity
My project's primary goal is to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, which aims to reduce inequality within and among countries, by organising events promoting diversity and inclusion. This year, I plan to take several key initiatives to achieve this goal:
By year-end, I wish that the events will lead to increased awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion and also expect to see tangible progress in fostering social cohesion and improving the overall well-being within our community. I am certain that together we can make a positive impact.
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
From Source to Safety: Reinventing Campus Dynamics
Ensuring a safe and sustainable environment is an inherent right, not a luxury. As this year's Ambassador for SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, I am committed to fostering a more secure and sustainable campus. By championing local businesses and emphasizing transparent sourcing in our canteen, we can make more informed and cautious food choices. In light of the tragic incident earlier this year, it is essential to dispel disinformation and bolster a sense of safety on campus through enhanced communication channels.
Although these initiatives might seem modest, I am convinced that collective small steps can indeed spark significant change.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Improving recycling system
As a keen sustainability enthusiast and SDG12 Ambassador, I'm excited to be leading the charge on responsible consumption and production this year. My focus is on improving our university's recycling system and revolutionizing campus browsing practices. SDG 12 is crucial because it addresses the interconnected challenges of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. By advocating for responsible consumption and sustainable production, we can reduce waste, preserve resources, and minimize environmental damage.
I'm committed to working with the RSM community to achieve SDG 12 targets and create a more sustainable future for our campus.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Making campus greener
Especially nowadays, action is needed to save the planet, community and every living creature. From the industrial factories to the food industry, a lot of harm has been made throughout the past decades, but we can be the change. We have reached a point where climate action and lowering our carbon footprint is necessary for the future. Because I wish to have a positive impact on the environment, I want to spread awareness among students about this pressing challenges.
As the ambassador of SDG 13, I want to focus on making the campus a better, greener place for students to learn and relax, engaging in sustainable practices being important for the future.
SDG 13: Climate action
#RONOPLA - Rotterdam No Plastic
Embarking on a journey of collective impact, as an SDG 14 Ambassador for the initiative #RONOPLA – Rotterdam No Plastic, my commitment extends beyond clean-up efforts. In harmony with SDG 6, Quentin Meyer, we are thrilled to introduce workshops and cultural activities throughout the year. These initiatives aim to illuminate the vital connection between water conservation and community well-being, aligning with the broader goals of SDG 6. Through our collaboration, our mission is to educate, inspire, and actively engage participants in sustainable practices. I am very excited to contribute to building a community dedicated to the principles of responsible water usage, and play a vital role in creating a cleaner, healthier Rotterdam for all.
SDG 14: Life below water
Greenery inside campus buildings
As humans, we are inherently part of Life on Land and from encountering it everywhere, we tend to forget about its importance, both for the environment but also our mental health.
Inspired by the greenery on campus and the Langeveld building, my project is to bring more greenery inside by having plants placed inside campus buildings. Through fundraising, donations and collaborations with like-minded people and organisations, I intend to bring this project to life to remind people of the benefits of nature and to serve as a break from life's often heavy course.
SDG 15: Life on land
Creating awareness and understanding of concerning issues
The world is becoming more and more unstable and uncertain in relation to peace, justice and strong institutions. For me personally the SDGs represent our core values and the way we treat each other. The SDGs become ever more relevant as we must make a choice for ourselves to stand up and defend those values. People and students on campus may wonder how they can make an impact in the world. My aim is to better understand how SDG 16 has an impact on students, to collaborate for creating awareness and a better understanding of long-term developments in the concerning issues.
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
To foster collaboration between parties to encourage sustainability within RSM we are planning to expand the sustainability week at Erasmus University! This way I hope to highlight the importance of sustainability for our future and what it will entail for the next generation of leaders in all sectors. Furthermore, this will allow students to connect with industry professionals and to gain insights on what sustainability entails for everyone.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals