17 in ‘17: Introducing my year with the Global Goals

Posted By Holly Olsen / January 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

These Goals. They are what consume me and motivate me lately. I mean, they represent my dream world – OUR dream world. There are 17 of them. 193 world leaders came together and agreed upon them at the UN in 2015.  Now that it is 2017, I thought it would be perfect to give myself the resolution to do something about each one of them this year. Here they are in a nutshell (but they are so good, you’ll want to be more familiar with them. Learn more here):


  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals 

When my friend introduced the Global Goals to me about about a year ago, they resonated with me so deeply that I ended up writing Nursery Rhymes for Social Good. In it, I rewrote traditional poems and songs to coincide with each of the 17 goals. I combined my mothering story-time ways with my passion for social justice (represented in these new Global Goals), and this book was the result. I believe that teaching children about these issues while they are young is important. I believe they will be better informed and better positioned to take the lead in making the world a better place when they are old enough to do so.

So back to my resolution: 17 in ‘17. (Who’s with me?!) I decided to be pretty relaxed about the interpretation of how it would be accomplished. Here are some basic guidelines I’ve given myself, but feel free to change them up for your individual situation:

  • Preferably your children will be involved (if you don’t have children, you can still involve children you know… or not. It’s cool either way)
  • Engage in the goals in any way you see fit (no attempt is too small)
  • Go in any order
  • Use any combination of goals that you choose (it doesn’t have to be one at a time)
  • There are no requirements to report to anyone, but spreading the word about the Global Goals is always a good thing!

I’d love to hear about what others are doing to help achieve these goals! Feel free to share your experiences or thoughts. I have some ideas, but I’m stumped on a couple of them! #17in17 

PHOTO: My brother, baby, and me at the United Nations in NYC


Holly Olsen is a mother of four daughters. She has a long history of activism, creating ripples that have been recognized by the United Nations humanitarian endeavors and Global Citizen. She is a published author, a co-founder of two non-profit organizations, a professor, and is known for her ability to create positive social change. In her blog, you will read about her adventures with and attempts to further the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).

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