Making cities sustainable is everyone's responsibility. Despite the efforts being made by Spanish city councils, the changes they are making are not enough to achieve the decarbonisation and air quality improvement targets set out in the Covenant of Mayors, according to the conclusions drawn from the study The Future of Sustainable Cities: Urban energy transition to 2030 published by Deloitte.
To achieve these objectives, all sectors of society need to get involved, from companies and governments to citizens. In line with other initiatives launched by Endesa, such as the 'Plásticos ZERO' campaign, we have compiled some of the small changes recommended by the United Nations, so that you can still do your bit, even if you don't want to get off the couch. These changes reinforce Endesa's commitment to the development of a sustainable society through the creation of an efficient and sustainable energy and resource management model.
So, how far are you going to go?
Level 1: I can't get out of bed today…
"Many little people in little places, doing little things, can change the world", wrote author Eduardo Galeano. If you want to contribute to change, but don't want to get out of bed to do it, we suggest:
- Saving electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning it off when they are not in use.
- Managing bills and bank statements using online applications to save on paper and ink.
- Asking local and national authorities to participate in sustainable initiatives, through online citizen proposals and petitions.
- Switching off unnecessary lighting.
- Finding out which businesses apply sustainable practices and shopping with them.
- Offsetting your carbon footprint through initiatives such as Climate Neutral Now, a campaign that proposes to compensate for the emissions generated by each citizen by buying green certificates.
- Sharing how you achieve the SDGs using the #globalgoals hashtag on social networks.