Meet the students leading for sustainable development

On this page, you will get to meet the ambitious students who aspire to lead the way for a sustainable future. The Sustainability Advocates represent different educational backgrounds, nationalities, interest, visions, universities and personalities. Exactly what it takes to propel sustainable development, a multidisciplinary army of purpose-driven people, who see the endless opportunities in sustainable development.

Josephine Krieber

BSc. Business Administration and Service Management

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``As a business student I have gained the knowledge and understanding of scarce resources, importance of education and economic growth. And with that background I have the SDG goals: 8. Decent work and economic growth, 12. Responsible consumption and production and 10. Reduced inequalities very close to my heart. All goals are correlated to each other, and it is hard to focus on one from the other, as they are all equally important and necessary. Even so, it is important to ensure economic growth as it is the only way going into pursuing sustainable development. With no prosperity there will be no money for introducing sustainable goals.

Ensuring sustainable production and consumption will prove to release some of the massive overuse of the earth's resources, and we will be able to move from a short term perspective into a long term by reducing impact on the planet so that everything we do, we can do forever. By targeting production and consumption we are also targeting supply chains and this will involve replacing fossil fuels with renewables, efficient food production, reducing deforestation and managing ocean and fishing treaties to help restore the health of the ocean.

I do believe that both economic growth and sustained production and consumption is bound by the need to ensure reduced inequalities. From this view every world citizen should be able to partake in the sustained development and have equal resources available. Resources being everything from medical care, education and infrastructure. Only when we lower inequality will we be able to handle climate change and environmental challenges and pursue economic growth``

Mathilde Rosa

Msc. in Engineering, Sustainable Design

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``Climate change. Responsible consumption and production. Partnerships for the goals. Well, the first one I see it in a very urgent matter. We are already being affected by the consequences we didn’t act on. If we continue to close our eyes, more and more consequences will arise from no action. It is like a war, if no one does anything, it will continue on and on until nothing is left. The second because I believe part of the need for the SDG “Climate action” comes from consumption and production. The world can’t keep resources for our demands. And last but not least, SDG’s will be hard to act on if people, governments, institutions, organisations etc. are not willing to join forces. Everything is possible when people join forces, share knowledge, ideas and so on. Only with collaboration we can change something``

Helena Sophie Cordt

MSc. Advanced Economics and Finance

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``1) Responsible Consumption and Production, in order to totally cope with issues of our current century, it's necessary to boosting a paradigm shift in the consumption-production system with circularity and reusing values.

2) Sustainable Cities and Communities, sustainable choices need to be designed for cities and communities, differently from being elité ideals. The more people get involved, the better goals will be achieved. Sustainable Cities represent the proper proof of different knowledge sharing (social, financial, political, technical, scientific...).

3) Decent Work and Economic Growth, green development is very often combined by people with step backwards and zero growth, differently it might present a wide opportunity to demonstrate innovative mindset with high tech, digitalization and ESG investment, where green is synonymous of strategic and well-planned growth.``

Silvia Simonini

MA. Global Studies

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``I personally disagree with the statement that all the SDGs are equally important. In fact, I think that abolishing poverty has to be prioritized because it includes several different goals and addresses multiple dimensions, either environmental, social and economical.
This said, if I had to choose three other SDGs that I feel particularly close to me, I would pick 7:Affordable and clean energy, 10:Reduce inequalities and 10:Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.
I think that to shape a more fair and sustainable future it is fundamental to empower people. One way of doing so is by breaking the power relations that tie Global North and Global South throught their economic and value chains dependency. Because energy is one of the most traded goods between these two blocks, I believe that thinking about how to reform the energy system is extremely important. This goes hand in hand with a reflection on how to deal with increasing inequalities, a major issue that polarizes our societies and threatens liberal democracy. Finally, I believe that the international legal framework as well as many international institutions should be critically reviewed and re-designed, since they tend to project major powers' interests. In other words, by supporting the SDG 16, I advocate the necessity of a more inclusive and transparent global institutional system``

Rafael Alberti

MA. International Public Administration and Politics

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

They are somewhat interlinked but 11 Sustainable cities and communities, 12 responsible consumption and production and 13 Climate Action are the most interesting for me

Ulrika Fløisdorf

MA. Anthropology of Education and Globalization

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

4. Quality education
4.7 The call for the schools and Higher Educations Institutions to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. This I believe is crucial to enable a process for the students to understand that sustainable development in terms of example climate change is also considered a moral problem. As for now, most of the research on climate change has been conducted by physical science. Though more and more scholars are calling for social sciences to be included in the battle of climate change as it is considered to be a “wicked problem” with not only one physical solution, but also a human understanding that is crucial that we as humans also need to adapt and change our mindset in terms of living a more sustainable life.

12. Responsible consumption and production.
12.3. By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including postharvest losses. By putting focus on our consumption and production in society I see a great potential to mitigate food waste etc. There have been several different innovators who have presented different ways of mitigating food waste, such as different apps. as well as restaurants, shops giving away, or selling their goods at a low price instead of throwing it out. By enlightening this target I believe even greater and maybe transnational ideas can come to life.

13. Climate Action
13.3.1. To see to that global citizenship education and education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in national education policies, curricula, teacher education and student assessment. I believe this is paramount for spreading knowledge of how to act now, as well as calling for the institutions to take responsibility and agency over how to adapt and mitigate to climate change.

Irina Sarikaya Gabancho

MA. International Development and Business Studies

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``Nº1 No Poverty, Nº10 Reduced Inequalities and Nº13 climate action. SDGs some times overlap each other, in my opinion when focusin in no poverty and reducing inequalities we are also focusing in zero hunger, good health and well being, in equality education and gender equality among other. This happens also with climate action that can be linked with nº 11, 12,14 and 15. It does not mean that we don’t need all of them, because of course some issues required a special consideration and that is why they have their own goal but if I had to choose three I will choose nº1, 10 and 13 because they can call upon the other goals.``

Johanne Larsen

BSc. in Business Administration and Sociology

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

I would choose poverty, as no child or adult for that matter should go to bed hungry and everyone should have a roof over their head. As Maslow's pyramid of needs shows, you will need all the physiological needs before we can start focusing on other things, example the SDG's. The Second one would be clean water and sanitation, especially right now in the midst of a pandemic. It is so important to have access to all the basic needs, as i mentioned above, but also this one would help a lot of developing countries control some of the different diseases. Third one would be quality education. Education is very important as it teaches us how to be responsible and innovative. Moreover it gives us skills that allows us to make something out of ourselves. It gives us the chance to pursue our dreams, f.eks. if you want to be an electrician a vocational education can get you very far, or if you want to be a doctor an education is almost a necessity due to complicated procedure you have to conduct. It is no surprise that education will be a huge benefit for developing countries as they will then slowly emerge as developed countries, as the people will then have the skills and tools to improve their country's condition. I have chosen these 3, as i believe they will be the fundation, once these are achieved it would be easier to achieve some of the other goals, hence many of the SDGs goes hand in hand.

Qiwen Zheng

MSc. Nature management

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``11(sustainable cities and communities), 12(responsible consumption and production) and 17(partnerships for the goals). I am not an engineer who is able to solve those technical problems. However, as a nature management student, I can make contributions to these goals. I understand the relationship between nature and human society and know that normal people can also engage in environment protection by modifying their lifestyles and living environment towards a sustainable direction. Partnership is vital and we can only achieve the overall SDGs when we have good communication and cooperation and no one is missing out``

Geethu Rajeev

MSc. Applied Economics and Finance

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``I believe that eradicating energy poverty is a means to ending poverty in itself. One billion people live their everyday lives without electricity and this represents a fundamental barrier to progress for a sizeable proportion of the world’s population, and has impacts on a wide range of development indicators, including poverty reduction. Lack of sufficient power generation capacity, poor transmission and distribution infrastructure, high costs of supply to remote areas, or simply a lack of affordability for electricity, are among the biggest hurdles for extending grid-based electricity. For off-grid electrification, including mini grids, the biggest challenges are poor policies, inadequate regulations, lack of planning and institutional support, lack of financing for off-grid entrepreneurs, and affordability for poorer households. Access to affordable and clean energy is vital in our fight against climate change and in lining up with the 1.5°C trajectory.``

Alejandra Liceaga Pelloux

MSc. Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``Gender equality, so many women within my community in Mexico have been affected by missing gender equality, and a believe that needs to be changed, everywhere. The second is quality education since education can help us shape minds and build better people. So it is so important to focus on getting a good, positive education to all. And as the third one, reducing inequality which is the factor of so many societal problems and it is ridiculous that something so small and so insignificant as someone’s skin color in today’s world can have so insane implications``

Irene Kjærskov Pedersen

MSc. Management of Innovation and Business Development

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``In continuation of my interest in getting people to work together, I am clearly passionate about goal 17 about partnerships. If I should choose another one than the obvious, I would say goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. The whole world wants economic growth and high living standards – and we are only becoming more people on the planet. I believe that we can make room for more people while still increasing the living standards through innovative infrastructure and by making the industrialization basis sustainable. We must start with the industries producing``

Marianna Teodora Zanderigo Rosolo

MSc. Advanced Economics and Finance

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``1) Responsible Consumption and Production, in order to totally cope with issues of our current century, it's necessary to boosting a paradigm shift in the consumption-production system with circularity and reusing values.

2) Sustainable Cities and Communities, sustainable choices need to be designed for cities and communities, differently from being elité ideals. The more people get involved, the better goals will be achieved. Sustainable Cities represent the proper proof of different knowledge sharing (social, financial, political, technical, scientific...).

3) Decent Work and Economic Growth, green development is very often combined by people with step backwards and zero growth, differently it might present a wide opportunity to demonstrate innovative mindset with high tech, digitalization and ESG investment, where green is synonymous of strategic and well-planned growth.``

Lise Derksen

BA. Human Geography and Anthropology

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``I am most passionate about the SDGs ``Sustainable cities & Communities``, ``Climate Action``, and ``Responsible consumption & production``

Bianca Buruiana

MA. Communication

Wiebke Müller

MSc. in Engineering, Sustainable Cities

We know that all SDGs are equally important, but if you were to choose three, which are then the ones you are the most passionate about and why?

``It is hard to choose, but the three most important SDGs are number 4, 11 and 13!
It needs climate action right now, otherwise the negative consequences from the human behavior will be from such a destructive scale, that future generations do not have the same chances and life qualities, as we have right now. It is a question of responsibility to not wait any longer!
A second important SDG is number 11 ’Sustainable Cities and Communities’, because cities become hotspots for sustainable development challenges due to urbanization! Target 11.2 addresses the need for sustainable and affordable transport systems, which is a target, I identify myself with a lot. Transportation needs to become emission free, and at the same time safe and affordable. Through affordable or free public transportation and good physical bike infrastructure the target can be reached. At the same time, the city becomes more livable.
The third SDG form extraordinary importance is SDG 4, with the goal to ensure inclusive and equitable education. It is important, that decision-makers not just make decisions on their own, but educate people from a young age about current sustainable development challenges and how the SDGs can help to make a change!``