Our resolutions: ICS team across world pledges

Welcome to 2018. 

Do you have any New Year resolutions?

Maybe you’ve resolved to do something to tackle a global problem like climate change, or something to improve your local community. Whatever your cause, it’s worth remembering you can do a lot in a year.

We asked the ICS team members from around the world how what they were planning. Here are some of our favourites.

1. Ditching disposables

Jamie Baird, Communications Officer, Raleigh International, UK
In 2018, Jamie is pledging to ditch disposables to cut down on plastic waste

Jamie Baird, Communications Officer, Raleigh International, UK

This year, Jamie’s fighting against waste by refusing to use plastic cups. If we carry on as we are currently, by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish. Last year Kenya introduced the world’s toughest plastic bag ban – with four years in jail or a $40,000 fine.

“My resolution is not to use any disposable cups this year. 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year, but only 1% of these are believed to be recycled. The plastic lining in coffee cups means many are not easily recyclable, which means they are environmentally unsustainable, contributing to our global plastic problem and in turn climate change. If a coffee shop won’t fill my reusable cup, then I don’t want their coffee!”

2. Supporting sustainable development through games

Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, ICS Project Officer, VSO, Nigeria
KC is using the power of board games to get young people into the SDGs

Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, ICS Project Officer, VSO, Nigeria

KC has been running his own board game business for a while now. But after recently taking a game to the African Board Game Convention, he’s ready to merge his personal life and his work with VSO ICS – by introducing a board game about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We all want a world where there is no hunger and poverty. We all want peace and stability and unity. The SDGs are there to achieve that goal. But first, we need to know what they are. This year I want to get young people interested in development and the SDGs by making my own board games to get them talking about them in a fun way!”

3. Supporting 100 new young businesses

Samuel Opoku, ICS Programme Co-ordinator, Challenges Worldwide, Ghana
As part of Sammy’s role at Challenges Worldwide, he’ll be recruiting 100 new SMEs

Samuel Opoku, ICS Programme Co-ordinator, Challenges Worldwide, Ghana

As part of Sammy’s role with Challenges Worldwide ICS in Ghana, he’s responsible for recruiting new entrepreneurs to their 12 week business development programme. In 2018 he’ll be signing up 100 new businesses to receive support from ICS volunteers from the UK and Ghana.

“This year I’m aiming to engage and contribute towards the growth of 100 small to medium sizes enterprises here in Ghana through Challenges Worldwide ICS.”

Read full article, written by Jack Howson, in the International Citizen Service website.