Dear reader,

Happy New Year! The New Year provides an occasion to both reflect on the year gone by and look ahead for the year we have entered. I will take that opportunity as well and make a short status for the Sustainability Influencers. Let’s begin.

The first batch of Sustainability Influencers and their 2019

In 2019, the first batch from the Sustainability Influencers ended the programme. During their one-year involvement in the programme, the influencers amongst other guested the CBS Wire podcast sharing their view on the progress in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), took part in a business panel on youth engagement and sustainability at a Slotskredsmøde at Frederiksberg, and published our report on Students and Sustainability.

For the report on Students and Sustainability, we asked 696 university students across nine universi­ties in Denmark about their knowledge con­cerning the SDGs, their attitude towards sus­tainability in their study program, and their opinion about sustainability in future jobs. The report highlights that Sustainability is on the top agenda among Danish university stu­dents. Students demand more action and with the report, we emphasise the need for uni­versities, organisations, public administration and businesses to actively incorporate and take a stand towards a sustainable future. If you want to read the report, please click here.

2019 was also the year where we participated in the Global Goals World Cup, which is “an alternative football tournament that creates community, inspires and engages women from all over the world”. The tournament took place in front of Danish Architecture Centre and our team of influencers had blast together with the other participants.

Through the year, we hosted and spoke at events, were nominated for an award and meet a lot of eager, inspiring and great people. Thank you to all of you who have followed the journey, invited us, nominated us, or participated in our events through this first batch.

A new batch of Sustainability Influencers

In September 2019, the new batch of Sustainability Influencers were recruited. 17 university students from Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark.

During the fall, we hosted our first workshop on the UN SDGs at Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, participated in the climate strike and spent time on developing new initiatives for 2020. 2020 marks the year of 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the UN, “the goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice, and are all interconnected. To leave no one behind, they must be achieved by 2030.” We could not agree more!!

For the Sustainability Influencers, 2020 will be the year where we launch our SDG Times. The SDG Times will be a biweekly article posting focusing on the youth perspective and a current challenge. With the series of articles, we aim to both inform students and readers about different initiatives and how they can help reach the SDGs as well as inspire you to take action to the extent possible for you. If you do not want to miss it, subscribe to our online channels and sit tight until we publish the first one on 28 January 2020. The first article will be written by James, who is a Graduate student in Climate Change at University of Copenhagen.

In 2020, we will also be hosting and participating in workshop and events and hopefully help raise awareness amongst youth as well as bring forward the youth perspective on the SDGs.

The best wishes for 2020 and a new decade!

We hope to see you around!

Author: Malene Mølgaard Christensen

Advocacy Team

Malene is part of the Advocacy team within the Sustainability Influencers. She is a Graduate student in Applied Economics and Finance at Copenhagen Business School but is currently based in New York where she is studying a semester at Columbia University.