"Every choice we make is the beginning of change."
Rightly said by RM, the leader of BTS. BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan. It is also known as the Bangtan Boys. This K-pop band swept the world off its feet with their musical talent, addictive dance moves, emotion-packed lyrics that strike a chord with the youth and their problems. Holding this power to influence the world around, and designated as Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generation and Culture by the President of the Republic of Korea, BTS was invited to inspire, motivate and cater the attention of the world around, towards achieving the SDGs.
The General Assembly of United Nations in 2015 adopted 17 goals known as sustainable development goals as a plan of action to achieve a sustainable world by 2030. SDGs are an extended version of MDG (Millennium Development Goals). The agenda of these goals is to focus and mitigate global problems, such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, and justice through a collective effort of various stakeholders like governments, corporations, and civil society.
BTS speech at the UNGA focused on the struggles of youth and the need for a sustainable future.
“Everyone agrees that climate change is an important problem, but talking about what the best solution might be… That’s not easy. It’s a topic that’s tough to make conclusions about”, said J- Hope stressing upon the 13th SDG on climate change.
“Many people showed how they share their moments with nature. I think during these two years they found dear the time they experienced and care for nature.” shared Jimin.
It took us a pandemic and many lockdowns to realize the value of going out of our homes, basking in the sun, site of the greenery, the chirping of birds, the fresh breeze touching your skin. You never realize the value of something until it’s gone.
“Yes, it is a tough discussion. But I learned while preparing for today that there are many young people who have an interest in environmental issues and choose it as their field of study”, said RM.
Realizing the worth of the environment, our home and finding solutions to the problems we have caused is the need of the hour.
“I hope we don’t just consider the future as grim darkness, we have people who are concerned for the world and searching for the answers,” said V.
With their speech, they have made a place in the list of environmentally conscious celebrities who are joining the movement of making this world liveable for our future generations. If they take a step forward and combine their artistic influence with a positive action however small it may be, their fanbase will add greatly to the global efforts to fight climate change. Fans like me are already on their toes, waiting for the call to action. Whether that happens or not, you must do something on your own. I will add some options to your list of choices.
What can you do? Try these..
1. Turning off the electronic appliances when not in use
2. Give your paper, plastic, glass & aluminum waste to recyclers near you.
3. Avoid single-use plastics and get refillable containers for your kitchen and daily use products.
4. Close the taps tightly, and repair the dripping ones.
5. Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. (Try vegetarian, once a week)
6. Buy only what you need, use it judiciously, waste less.
7. Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs
8. Do not waste food, give it to someone needy or feed it to your pets.
9. Donate what you don’t use.
10. Segregate waste before you dispose of it.
11. Use public transport when you can.
12. Know your right to a clean environment and good health and fight for it.
Little drops of water, make mighty oceans. It is our efforts, be it on any scale that will help us make our world a sustainable one. Every human being is a part of the solution.
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