The United Nations calls its 17 Sustainable Development Goals "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." With a target of achieving them by 2030, the goals are all interconnected and address the global challenges we face.

Goal 12 is "Responsible Consumption and Production." As the UN puts it: "Worldwide consumption and production – a driving force of the global economy – rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet."

This series includes stories of sisters at the forefront of sustainable living. 

Amid biting drought, sisters in Zambia fend off hunger with organic farming

Preserving trees by making charcoal from paper litter

Water projects, respect for women create sustainability in India's tribal villages

Congregations seek sustainability through goals to reduce waste, go organic