This is what it is all about
The earth in transition
While some only had to mourn a few watery barbecues and wet feet, others lost everything they had built in their lives so far in the summer of 2021. Devastating storms, floods and landslides hit Europe and, along with the pandemic situation, made for a season of horror. Although we fared relatively well in Switzerland, the numerous storms also flooded campsites and cellars here and left little sense of a mountain summer in Gstaad. Unfortunately, there is little reason to hope that the meteorological capers will be rare exceptions. According to renowned climatologists, we will have to get used to such extreme weather situations at any time. Climatic conditions on earth are changing at breakneck speed. And if we as a global community do not get our act together and do everything in our power to work together to counteract global warming, we will probably soon be faced with problems that we cannot even estimate today.
MDGs become SDGs
We already knew about the drastic change in our living space back in the year 2000. At that time, the global community agreed on eight so-called Millennium Development Goals, which should have been achieved by 2015. These included not only environmental sustainability, but also issues such as the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, primary education for all children and gender equality. Even though great efforts were made worldwide and some successes were celebrated - a large part of the Millennium Development Goals remained unachieved until 2015. For this reason, these goals were completely revised and the 2030 Agenda was created - a roadmap for the future, so to speak. At the UN General Assembly in 2015, the member states agreed on a total of 17 successor goals, which include 169 sub-goals. They are called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are set to run until 2030 - an extremely ambitious undertaking given the list of SDGs (see below).
Impact Gstaad bases its activities on these 17 SDGs and provides a platform for people to connect with each other who have the vision and means to make a measurable sustainable impact on our region and the world. So that we and our descendants can enjoy more carefree summers in the future. (nth)