RESULTS’ David Bailey, Natasha Griggs MP and advocate Jordan Rathbone

Ferntree Gully Mail | 25 September 2015

Ferntree Gully local Jordan Rathbone, 23, spends his days working as a landscaper, but during his spare time lobbies parliamentarians about sustainability.

Mr Rathbone last weekend drove from Melbourne to Canberra to join a team of RESULTS volunteers to meet with parliamentarians and seek support for Australia endorsing, adopting and resourcing the 17 global goals for sustainable development.

Mr Rathbone said the goals were to be agreed on after the United Nations General Assembly.

“The global goals provide us the opportunity to consign poverty to the history books for good, a prospect that is far too exciting to ignore,” Mr Rathbone said.

The global goals will cover the period form 2015 to 2030 and include goals to end poverty in all its forms.

Mr Rathbone is optimistic the goals can be achieved, but only if they are taken on and properly resourced by all countries, including Australia. So far the job is half-done, with the number of people living in extreme poverty halving since 1990,” he said.

“That’s great, but we can’t stop halfway on this.”

RESULTS Melbourne Hills meets on the last Sunday of every month in Belgrave.