Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11.4. Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
The cultural and natural heritage of almost all centuries have a connection to the sea and maritime heritage. The steeped traditions of the maritime world are shared and even experienced by the young people on board. These can be related to, respected and applied once back in their home environment (particularly if the young people were not aware of these connections prior to stepping on board).
11.6. By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
Vessels that are propelled by Sail/ Wind power have a lower carbon foot print than those propelled by engine power, thus reducing the air pollution both when approaching/ leaving port and when on passage (less/ no pollutant distributed by wind). A vessel’s waste management is regulated by and managed to strict IMO convention, administered by their respective Flag State Administration.
12.2. By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
Operators can begin or continue to change products to eco-friendly alternatives, irradiate the use of plastic items on board (that includes crockery and utensils and similar items. Consider reverting back to natural fibre rope or non-plastic alternatives.
12.5. By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
12.6. Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
Once in employment, ex trainee can have the power to influence organisations to adopt sustainable practices through sharing lessons learnt whilst participating in a Sail Training voyage.
12.8. By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
Sail Training is global domain with the power to influence every port each vessel visits. The ship’s community must adopt a lifestyle that works in unison with nature which can be applied once back at home or shared with visiting ports during dockside activities.