To celebrate WORLD EARTH DAY (22 April 2019) we are paying tribute to Greta Thunberg, who’s voice, heart and courage are exemplary to us all. 

These rhymes are dedicated to her, and to all the children and adults who are committed to saving our planet and making the world a better place.

A SMART Way TO START DOING GOOD (SDG)

You’ve heard Greta’s message on climate, I’m sure: 
our planet has problems we cannot ignore. 
Can you save the planet if you’re just a kid?
I’d say: “Yes, indeed! It’s high time we all did!”

At school we learn all about our ABCs 
so why don’t we also learn our SDGs?
The same way we need every letter to spell,
we need SDGs for the world to do well. 

Twenty-six letters to write every line:
they’re easy to learn when you read them in rhyme.
So just like the alphabet, let’s learn by heart
our 17 SDGs – come on, let’s start!  

 All the world’s Nations United as one,
aiming to finally get the job done:
defining SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS,
rethinking our actions and everyone’s roles. 

So here is rhyme that is easy and fun,
so everyone knows what we need to get done.
You can do your part, now that you know 
our planet needs all of us. Ready? Let’s go! 

The ABC of SDGs

No one ever should be poor
nor be hungry ever more,
nor be ill without good care:
so life is better everywhere!
Children need to go to school.
Equal treatment is the rule.
Everywhere you go you’d see
clean water and clean energy.
With decent jobs life’s more fun, 
so growth is good for everyone.
Infrastructure is the key 
to lower inequality. 
We must build sustainably
our cities and communities.
Choosing wisely when we buy,
means our planet will not die.
Save the oceans and the seas,
the animals and all the trees.
For the world to live in peace,
let’s all be good partners, please.

Copyright 2019, Mara Catherine Harvey

SDG 1: no poverty
SDG 2: zero hunger 
SDG 3: good health and well-being

SDG 4: quality education
SDG 5: gender equality
SDG 6: clean water and sanitation
SDG 7: affordable and clean energy
SDG 8: decent work and economic growth

SDG 9: industry, innovation, infrastructure 
SDG 10: reduced inequality

SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities  
SDG 12: responsible consumption and production
SDG 13: climate action 
SDG 14: life below water
SDG 15: life on land
SDG 16: peace and justice and strong institutions
SDG 17: partnerships to achieve the Goals

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

May every child grow up knowing about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and learning that they, too, can START DOING GOOD at a very young age. Book 4, A SMART CHOICE TO MAKE ( due in Q4 2019) will be all about SDG 12, and how our choices can make a difference to this world, every day.