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Join in and create the Alumniportal Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

You might think: The fight against poverty and enough food to feed everyone, against exploitation of man and nature, for a good climate – these are all issues that do not really affect me. Moreover, only governments or multinational companies can make a difference. Really?

Luckily, there is the Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World of the United Nations, which tells us global citizens what we can do to affect change.

Some tips are simple and you may already be doing them. Others will require you to change or adopt new habits. But you don’t have to turn your life upside-down to be sustainable. Definitely not!

  • Level 1: What costs very little effort!
  • Level 2: Which habits can you change at home?
  • Level 3: What you can do outside your house!

Level1: Things you can do without effort

  • Share great ideas via social media
    Click the „share“-button in order to share great ideas on environment protection, fair working conditions, or more women’s rights in your networks.

  • Speak up
    Write politicians an email and ask them to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people and our environment 

  • Save paper
    Take notes if you see anything interesting online instead of printing it all. This saves paper!

Level 2: Things you can do at home

  • Saving energy
    Air-dry your hair and clothes instead of using a dryer. This saves energy!

  • Use cardboard matches
    Unlike gas-filled lighters, they don’t require any petroleum, and are hence better for our environment.

  • Eating less meet
    Meat production consumes much more resources compared to other food.

Level 3: Things you can do outside your house

  • Avoid using plastics
    Buying food that is not packed in plastic and hence reducing waste. Moreover, avoid packing your shopping in plastic bags as you already brought your own bag.

  • Immunizing yourself and your children
    Prevention is better than cure. Make sure you and your children habe all vaccinations to protect yourself, your family and your community.

  • Going to the polls
    Support political representatives who stand up for sustainable growth and the well-being of people and the environment.

These are just a few ideas. There are many other things that you can do to play your part in achieving the SDGs. Small actions can have a big impact! Write us your suggestions and be part of it! We would like to update this list and thus show that everyone can make an impact with even small actions!

Taking part is very easy and this is how it works:

Post your tip and upload the photo (in jpg or gif format) in the group “Sustainability” and describe your tip with a small text.


Share your tip as a comment.

We are looking forward to receiving many good ideas and hints from you on how you play your part in achieving the SDGs! 

As a result we will have a “Lazy person’s guide” on the Alumniportal Deutschland “ – powered by Germany-Alumni!

September 2017


Seynabou Fachinger
18 September 2017

Dear all,
First of all, sorry for not mentioning and thanking every single alumnus/alumna who shared a tip, there are so many, it would take too much time :) - So a big "Thank you" to all of you!
Wow - I am really impressed about all the ideas and tips you are sharing with us! Some are "easy" to implement - you "only" need to think about it while doing, like e.g. not leaving the water running and others. Some seem more complex, but if you have a closer look at them, they are definitely feasible. I think the crucial part about it is to really do it!! By the way, the ideas and tips you are sharing - are you personally implementing them - as this is where it starts, with all of us....let's continue!! Looking forward to receiving many more tips and ideas - and don't forget to share pictures of your actions/ideas - if you have any... we will have a great "Alumni Lazy Person's Guide!! Have a great day and week ahead!

Dr. RagavMohamed Elzaki
18 September 2017

Thanks for your a valuable information. use the animal manure instead of harmful chemical fertilizer it save the environment and human health, besides it reduce the agricultural operation costs.

emmanuel iheasi
18 September 2017

the issue of poverty is on the increase in an alarming rate all over the world.the issues of poverty can be reduced if we regulate how many we re (family planning)... it would go well as to reduce expenses and make living easier.... Although only few people engage in family planning in Africa,so a law could be passed on the maximum amount of children a family could have,and by this way the issue of poverty can be reduced as it will reflect "give birth to the amount you can take Care of"...thank you

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