To guide international humanitarian efforts over the next 15 years, the United Nations has ambitiously proposed 17 goals to work toward environmental, economic, and social prosperity for all. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tap into the fundamental aspirations that cross all cultures and nations, and into our most fundamental humanity:
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks
In this framework, all people have a role to play in achieving the SDGs. For scientists in particular, what role can we play in service to these humanitarian goals? In concert with the recent finalization of these goals, we recently published a commentary in Nature Geoscience [pdf] discussing the different ways that scientists could participate in the global effort. The Goals set a formidible, and seemingly overwhelming, task for individuals to make a difference, but there are tangible ways in which all scientists can embed their work and their practice in this global framework.