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Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Where Do the Geosciences Fit In?


In 2015, The United Nations set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The geosciences community can impact these goals by the participating in the communities where we live and work through social responsible programs, and by technical contributions to sustainable development. The implementation of the SDG’s has begun. We see this within many industries including oil and gas, universities and in the public sector. While the policy component of the goals is reasonably well established, and while some of the goals may be outside the purview of geoscience, successful implementation of many of these goals will require substantial input from the geology disciplines.