United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their relation to Canadian mountains

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In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all member countries to achieve by 2030. These goals encompass all aspects of sustainability from equality to water rights. Despite the importance of these goals and their relevance to today’s problems, the SDGs only represent mountain landscapes in a limited fashion, with mountains mentioned in 2 of the 17 goals. However, mountains cover 26.5 per cent of land on earth and 24 per cent of the landmass in Canada. Host Ethan Ward met virtually with Dr. Pamela Shaw, Courtney Vageouis, and Jenica Ng-Cornish. The three researchers are working with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute to tackle he implementation of the SDGs and determining their place in relation to Canadian mountains. Over the course of the episode, they discuss what SDGs are, why they matter to mountain ecosystems in Canada, and the work that CMN is doing to achieve these goals.