What type of world to you want to live in by 2030? This is the question being asked by those attending the Social Good Summit Australia on 10 August in Sydney. It is part of a global effort to drive social change relating to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were set by the UN as a target for 2015 – 2030.
Since 2010, the Social Good Summit has been held annually in New York to provide an opportunity for members of the public to talk about the key social issues of our time.
In 2015, with the support of the UN Foundation, Australia held its first Social Good Summit bringing an Australian voice to the implementation of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Australian Social Good Summit aims to inspire action by demonstrating how everyday people are tackling social issues both domestically and internationally; The inspiring speakers are entrepreneurs, company founders, grass-root contributors and employees of not-for-profits and the private sector.
A key domestic social issue being addressed this year is food waste. According, to the Department of Environment and Energy, over 5 Million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools, while nearly four million people experience food insecurity each year, one quarter of those are children.
After noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste, Ronni Kahn decided there had to be a better way and in 2004, she founded OzHarvest. Starting in Sydney with one van she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month. OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors and will be speaking at the summit.
Other speakers include Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid water lovers, who created the Seabin after discovering human over-consumption and waste mismanagement was killing our oceans. Seabin is an innovative technology that acts as a floating garbage bin skimming the surface of the ocean by pumping water into the device. In less than 3 years, Seabin has expanded its presence to more than 17 countries.
The Social Good Summit Australia is being held at NIDA Parade Theatre, Randwick, Sydney, and Women Love Tech is excited to support such an inspiring event.
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