GEODIVERSITY AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Geodiversity & sustainable development goals 5, & 10.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 5.4: Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
In many communities around the world, women are more likely to have responsibility for collecting water for household use, and because of this are therefore more likely to be affected by water scarcity. Through better use of geodiversity, and understanding of geoscience, supplies of clean water can allow women to spend more time pursuing education. This issue is brilliantly described in this EGU Blog by Bárbara Zambelli Azevedo.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 10.1: By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
Those working in geodiversity-related fields have an opportunity to contribute to SDG 10 through the decisions they and their organisations make. Inter-related to many of the SDGs, whether it is education or equitable access to natural resources, geodiversity will play an essential role in the sustainable development leading to income growth for the world's poorest communities.