SDG 1: NO POVERTY

Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is the purpose of Sustainable Development Goal 1 (SDG 1). This goal strives to improve living standards & resilience, ensure economic resources & rights, & implement sound policies.

Actions, stories, & resources related to SDG 1: No Poverty as told in the 2021 Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report, and then expanded on below, illustrate Auburn’s impact. For an overview highlighting our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), please visit aub.ie/sdg.

SDG 1: NO POVERTY

Poverty has many causes, including unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability to diseases, disasters, and other phenomena. Globally, while real gross domestic products and labor productivity have increased, 731 million people, 9.4% of the global population, still live on less than $2.00 a day. The UN says that ending poverty in all its forms will require increased social protection, greater employment opportunities, and innovative policy benefitting the world’s poor.

Auburn University engages with Goal 1 to a lesser degree than most other SDGs. Goal 1 is best represented by outreach activities, with at least 2 organizations offered that relate to the issue of poverty. As Auburn works to increase the quality of life for people both near and far, per the mission of Auburn, poverty will be a critical issue to address.

View the 2021 report titled Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for an overview of Auburn’s contributions to all the SDGs.

Actions at Auburn

The College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute has organized poverty simulations for area schools, College of Education faculty and students, and community leaders. Understanding the day-to-day reality of poverty is important for everyone involved in combatting poverty. Poverty simulations are a tool to help citizens begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of resources and an abundance of stress. The simulation enables participants to view poverty from different perspectives and to discuss the potential for change within local communities. It is designed to sensitize those who frequently work with low-income families and create a broader awareness among policymakers and community leaders.

Truman Pierce Institute students: Photo courtesy of Kara Coleman
students in the ONE program: Photo of Skylar Biedenharn

ONE Campus is a segment of the ONE Campaign focused on creating change by mobilizing college students across the country. Students learn about extreme global poverty, campaign on campus, and advocate for policies at the national level. Through action-oriented initiatives, ONE student leaders urge political leaders to take action against extreme poverty and support programs that create a sustainable future in the developing world. Members of Auburn University’s chapter have fought against extreme poverty through volunteering at letterwriting booths at Lollapalooza and Rockweave music festivals, delivering letters to state officials, and lobbying on Capitol Hill in D.C

The MS in Rural Sociology in the College of Agriculture focuses on equipping students with the scientific and technical skills necessary to evaluate the challenges and the opportunities found within rural communities. Rural sociology research often addresses issues related to social and economic issues of race, extraction, resource dependency, land loss, land ownership, and resource ownership. It also addresses issues related to the food system, as agriculture is a key element of rural economies. The field of rural sociology is increasingly concerned with climate change-related impacts on rural economies. On the international level, rural sociologists address issues in international development and global poverty.

community and students standing in circle:Photo courtesy of Rural Sociology Group
The Sustainability Compass

Auburn’s 2019 sustainability assessment reported about 80% of employees (full-time, part-time, and temporary workers) received a living wage. Improvements could be made by paying employees a living wage including those of contractors.

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