Can Marin County meet the United Nation’s

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by 2030?

Welcome!

This web page is a joint effort between Systems Thinking Marin (STM) and the Marin County chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA).

  1. You can contact the UNA via the website, and either sign up on the newsletter list, or send an email. There are opportunities to join the SDG awareness committee, attend events, and otherwise get to know who in Marin cares about the SDGs.
  2. You can contact Felicia Chavez at STM to get the nitty-gritty on how this project came about, and all the myriad ways you can help, including co-sponsoring this project, adopting your corresponding SDG, tracking progress, and oh-so-much-more.

P.S. Make it a project to read the full text of the September 25, 2015 U.N. General Assembly document here. It’s the culmination of the single largest grassroots effort in the history of humanity, stating what our aspirations are as a species.

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Help Wanted

An epic collaborative effort between all sectors of Marin County is needed to assess where we are now, and make strides toward meeting the Global Goals. The bulk of the effort required is coordination and alignment of existing social, environmental, and economic development programs, beginning at the community level and moving toward the county level.

Resources required include (but are not limited to):

  1. Approximately $300,000 per year initial funding over 5 years
  2. A dedicated staff of 3 full-time employees; 2 part-time employees
  3. Professional facilitators to lead local facilitation training in systems thinking-based community organizing
  4. Comprehensive web database development

The United Nations is primarily a collaboration of national governments. However, recognizing the imperative for locally-based SDG involvement, there is a framework provided for “sub-national” SDG “voluntary local reporting.”

Contact us to help move this project forward.

Send a Letter of Support for the SDGs to Your Local Elected Officials

Local Elected Official Contact Info

Marin County Supervisors

(You can either call, email as a group using the “Email Us” button at the top of the page, or individual supervisors using the corresponding forms provided.)

City of Novato – City Council

(Email all members using the novatocouncil@novato.org email, or individual emails as on the contact page, linked above.)

City of San Rafael – City Council

(Link to individual contact information provided above. See email form for the whole council on this page.)

City of Mill Valley – City Council

(Click hyperlinks for individual names, or email all at cityclerk@cityofmillvalley.org)

City of Sausalito – City Council

(Click on the hyperlinks for their names, or email all at citycouncil@sausalito.gov)

Sample Letter

Date:

TO: [Elected Official, Address]

Dear [Elected Official Name]:

I am writing you today to encourage you to actively work toward Marin County meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030. In addition to vigorously meeting the challenges of climate change and having a healthy environment, I feel strongly that there should be no poverty, no hunger, and good health and well-being for all in Marin. As an extraordinarily wealthy county, we can afford to set a positive example for the world by meeting the Global Goals, enthusiastically and on schedule.

As a first step, please consider educating yourself and your staff about the Global Goals. You can contact the local United Nations Association of Marin County to find out more.

The SDGs represent the highest aspirations of the global human community. Please consider getting Marin County actively involved in helping to meet them, first and foremost for our residents, workers, and local environment.

Sincerely,

[Name] [Physical address (and mailing address if different)]

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sdgmarin.org is a collaborative effort between Systems Thinking Marin and the United Nations Association – Marin County Chapter.

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