Objective: to learn about sustainable development data and where to find it.
Ignorance is bliss, but, isn’t information power?
This is a world exploding with data, and people can make the most of this situation to change things for the better; that is, to be sustainable. Data can be analysed to produce new information and information is the strongest decision making tool, otherwise we are just gambling.
Since information is power, it is important to be extra careful regarding greenwashing when reading about sustainability data. One piece of advice: if you are interested in learning about environmental and social aspects, you should always try to reach the source of the information and question the quality of the data.
Greenwashing is to promote something as having environmentally desirable characteristics when really it hasn’t.
But let’s continue. Taking into account the importance of data for generating information, in order to make decisions, in order to be better, here is A Sustainable Development Awareness Quiz. I hope this will motivate you to start or to continue walking the sustainable path! In this quiz, all questions have one answer. Also, you can access all the results at the end of this article. Finally, try to answer the 10 questions (plus a bonus one if you want) and then check out the links if you are interested in a specific topic. Remember, do not try to guess, not knowing an answer gives you the opportunity to learn 🤓.
Q1. At current rates, the world will have more plastic than fish in the ocean by:
A. 2150; B. 2100; C. 2050; D. That would never happen; E. I don’t know.
Q2. It was calculated that by 2015 the number of people in the world living with less than 1.9 USD a day would be:
A. 731M; B. 1032M; C. 125M; D. 598M; E. I don’t know.
Q3. On average, how many grams of plastic is a human being eating every week?
A. That is fake news; B. 1g; C. 5g; D. 8g; E.I don’t know.
Q4. From the following, which sector has the most potential to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions?
A. Industry; B: Energy; C. Transport; D. Buildings; E. I don’t know.
Q5. World-wide, what percentage of women hold a managerial position?
A. 39%; B. 27%; C. 19%; D. 45%; E. I don’t know.
Q6. What is the estimated percentage of shallow water corals that has been lost in the last 30 years?
A. 50%; B.30%; C.20%; D.5%; E. I don’t know.
Q7. One out of ___ children between 6 and 17 years old is not attending school.
A. 5; B.15; C. 50; D. 115; E. I don’t know.
Q8. How many months does the Earth need to regenerate what we use every year?
A. 9 months; B. 12 months; C. 15 months; D. 20 months; E. I don’t know.
Q9. By 2018, the richest 1% of the world population owned ___ of the world’s wealth.
A. 10%; B. 45%; C. 70%; D. 35%; E. I don’t know.
Q10. How many people worldwide are estimated to be displaced because of intense water scarcity by 2030?
A. 150M; B. 100M; C.175M; D. 700M; E. I don’t know.
Bonus question. What percentage of CO2e would cover a global implemented Emission Trading Scheme (EST) by 2019?
A. 2 GtCO2e; B. 10 GtCO2e; C. 15% of Global GHG emissions; D.None of the previous; E. I don’t know.
I know, it mostly sounds like bad news, but this is not the whole picture. Remember that there are good things happening as well, and some countries and organisations are making important changes to reach the desired sustainable point. So, what could you do to be more sustainable? Before doing anything, some organisations do a materiality assessment in order to find out where they could make the most impact (a decision making tool!). You could try doing something similar in order to identify what issues of your work and personal life could have the greatest potential for achieving a sustainable development goal. For instance, if you work in an HR department, you should be learning about and working on gender equality.
“Materiality assessment is the process of identifying, refining, and assessing numerous potential environmental, social and governance issues that could affect your business.” KPMG guide
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Answers: Q1. C-2050; Q2. A-731; Q3. C-5g; Q4. B-Energy; Q5. B-27%; Q6. A-50%; Q7. A-5; Q8. D-20 months; Q9. B-45%; Q10. D-700M; BQ. D-None.