End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?

No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!

 
 

Things you can do from your couch

 
 
 
  • Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
  • desligue a energia de todos os aparelhos
  • Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile. No paper, no need for forest destruction.
  • pare de usar papel para efetuar pagamentos de contas
  • Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about women’s rights or climate change, share it so folks in your network see it too.
  • Compartilhe boas mensagens, como por exemplo sobre direitos das mulheres e mudança climática.
  • Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet. You can also voice your support for the Paris
  • Agreement and ask your country to ratify it or sign it if it hasn’t yet.
  • fale com as autoridades para atuar em defesa do meio ambiente e se ligarem no acordo de Paris
  • Don’t print. See something online you need to remember? Jot it down in a notebook or better yet a digital post-it note and spare the paper.
  • deixe de imprimir quaisquer coisas; tguarde-as no sistema digital.
  • Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cosy glow, so turn off other lights if you don’t need them.
  • Apague a luz, desligue tudo, se não está usando
  • Do a bit of online research and buy only from companies that you know have sustainable practices and don’t harm the environment.
  • só compre coisas de empresas sustentáveis
  • Report online bullies. If you notice harassment on a message board or in a chat room, flag that person.
  • Denuncie atitudes agressivas
  • Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals online or on social media at @GlobalGoalsUN.
  • Mantenha-se bem informado
  • Tell us about your actions to achieve the global goals by using the hashtag #globalgoals on social networks.
  • Divulgue e participe das ações sociais construtivas
  • In addition to the above, offset your remaining carbon emissions! You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase climate credits from Climate Neutral Now. In this way, you help reduce global emissions faster!”
  • seja um disseminador de conceitos ambientais construtivos como os créditos de carbono
 

Things you can do at home

 
 
 
  • Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
  • cuide para evitar emissões de poluentes que contaminam o ar
  • Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
  • faça banhos curtos para economizar água
  • Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants
  • coma menos carne e mais vegetais
  • Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.
  • nãso desperdice alimentos
  • Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
  • Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
  • recicle tudo que puder
  • Buy minimally packaged goods.
  • compre o mínimo de coisas empacotadas, para evitar lançamentos que contribuem para a poluição ambiental
  • Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.
  • aqueça alimentos só na hora de consumi-los
  • Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
  • deixe o ar fresco entrar pelas janelas e portas a fim de economizar energia
  • Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
  • aujuste os aquecedores e refrigeradores conforme a estação
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
  • disponha de equipamentos eficientes para evitar desperdíc io de energia
  • If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
  • considere importante a opção de instalar painéis solares para os ambientais de habitação ou trabalho
  • Get a rug. Carpets and rugs keep your house warm and your thermostat low.
  • use tapetes e equipamentos que contribuem para manter o ambiente aquecido
  • Don’t rinse. If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine.
  • para economizar energia cuide da funcuionalidade econômica da máquina que vai lavar roupas ou pratos
  • Choose a better diaper option. Swaddle your baby in cloth diapers or a new, environmentally responsible disposable brand.
  • fraldas e outros recursos de atenbção à criança devem ser sustentáveis
  • Shovel snow manually. Avoid the noisy, exhaust-churning snow blower and get some exercise.
  • prefira realizar coisas manualmente ou que obrigue a exercitar-se
  • Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike plastic gas-filled lighters.
  • evite utilizar coisas que dependem do consumo de petróleo, gás e plástico.
 

Things you can do outside your house

 
 
 
  • Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
  • Faça compras locais para estimular emprego e reduzir buscas distantes que obrigam a gastos de energia combustível
  • Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
  • Planeje as compras. Faça listas e evite deixar-se levar pelos estímulos de publicidades e anúncios
  • Buy Funny Fruit—many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.
  • compre frutas e vegetais saudáveis; e, de produtores locais. 
  • When you go to a restaurant and are ordering seafood always ask: “Do you serve sustainable seafood?” Let your favourite businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood is on your shopping list.
  • "Você serve alimentos produzidos de forma sustentável?" Nunca esqueça de fazer esta pergunta ou observar se isso está sendo considerado 
  • Shop only for sustainable seafood. There are now many apps like this one that will tell you what is safe to consume.
  • Compre só alimentos sustentáveis. Informe-se antes de adquirir o que é seguro para consumo.
  • Bike, walk or take public transport.
  • Use bicicleta, vá a pé ou pegue um transporte público.
  • Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Faça grupos para viajar de automóvel
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
  • dispense os copinhoas e outros assemelhados para tomar café
  • Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes.
  • Passe a usar as sacolas próprias em vez de carregar compras com sacolas plásticas
  • Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
  • dispense guardanapos em exagero, se não puder fazê-lo totalmente
  • Shop vintage. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
  • Compre os clássicos. Nem sempre o novinho, o que está na moda é o necessário.
  • Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
  • preserve a composição de fábrica dos veículos. carros tunados emitem elementos poluentes.
  • Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.
  • doe o que não usa. há muita gente que precisa disso
  • Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
  • pratique a vacinação da família para evitar doenças
  • Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community.
  • estude antes de eleger os governantes em todos os níveis
 

Things you can do at work

 
 
 
  • If you have a fruit or snack that you don’t want, don’t throw it out. Give it away to someone who needs and is asking for help.
  • não desperdice, quando tiver algo que não vai consumir ou usar. doe a quem precisa.
  • Does everyone at work have access to healthcare? Find out what your rights are to work. Fight against inequality.
  • lute contra as desigualdades. pense, por exemplo: todos estão recebendo atenção de saúde?
  • Mentor young people. It’s a thoughtful, inspiring and a powerful way to guide someone towards a better future.
  • potencialize ações para um futuro melhor
  • Women earn 10 to 30 per cent less than men for the same work. Pay inequality persists everywhere. Voice your support for equal pay for equal work.
  • pagamento igual por trabalho igual
  • 4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services. Lend your voice to talk about the lack of toilets in many communities around the world!
  • ajude para que os 4 bilhões de cidadãos do mundo disponham de saneamento básico
  • Make sure your company uses energy efficient heating and cooling technology, and adjust the thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer.
  • contribua para que haja economia de energia na empresa onde trabalha
  • Stay informed. Read about workers in other countries and business practices. Talk to your colleagues about these issues.
  • sobre sustentabilidade e economia de energia, informe-se bem e veja o que outros trabalhadores ou empresários estão fazendo.
  • Does your company invest in clean and resilient infrastructure? It’s the only way to keep workers safe and protect the environment.
  • faça esforço para que a a sua empresa tenha atividades não poluentes
  • Raise your voice against any type of discrimination in your office. Everyone is equal regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, social background and physical abilities.
  • levante a voz contra discriminação no ambiente de trabalho ou fora dele
  • Bike, walk or take public transport to work. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Use transporte público, váde bicileta ou a pé, quando se dirige ao trabalho. em grupo utilize ao máximo a capacidade dos veículos
  • Organize a No Impact Week at work. Learn to live more sustainably for at least a week: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/be-the-change.
  • organzie eventos contra a poluição
  • Speak up! Ask your company and Government to engage in initiatives that will not harm people or the planet. Voice your support for Paris Agreement!
  • inste governo, empresas e comunidade a praticar o acordo de Paris sobrfe o clima
  • Much of the waste that we produce on land ends up in the oceans.
  • pense nisto: muito do que o homem produz acaba lançado nos oceanos.
  • Examine and change everyday decisions. Can you recycle at your workplace? Is your company buying from merchants engaging in harmful ecological practices?
  • você está adotando medidas para reciclar, no local de trabalho? a empresa está engajada nas boas práticas ecológicas?
  • Know your rights at work. In order to access justice knowing what you are entitled to will go a long way.
  • conheça os próprios direitos e os pratique no ambiente de trabalho.
  • Corporate social responsibility counts! Encourage your company to work with civil society and find ways to help local communities achieve the goals.
  • atue para que a empresa trabalhe com a sociedade civil para resolver os desafios da comunidade
 
 
These are only a few of the things you can do. Explore this site to find out more about the goals you care most about and other ways to engage more actively.