UN Sustainable Development Goals Resources for ESL/ELL Students

Stories with text and audio allowing students the ability to listen as they read along about activists working towards solutions.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Credit: United Nations

Goal # 2 No Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Rowena Gerber

By: Wendy Jewell

Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi founded Edhi International Foundation, and has been called the greatest living humanitarian in the world. Available in text with audio.

Frances Moore Lappe

By: Rosemary Pritzker

Frances Moore Lappe is a passionate and pioneering thinker, world changer, and activist in many movements.

Sarah Ramirez

By: Jacob from Mission Viejo

Sarah Ramirez works with local food banks, where food is distributed to impoverished people all across the community. Available in text with audio.

Robin Emmons

By: Sydney from Roseville

Robin Emmons is an organic farmer who has created a foundation to fight hunger. This story is available in text with audio.

Goal # 3 Good Health and Well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert

By: Emma Navajas
Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert made tremendous advancements in food safety in the American Southwest.

Goal #4 Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane

Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa. Available in text with audio.

Goal #5 Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Malala Yousafzai

By: Jane Wallace

Malala Yousafzai speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education. Available in text with audio.

Pedal = Sight by Armene Modi

By: Amanda Molinaro

Armene Modi is a film director who has focused on adult women and literacy in Sone Sangvi. (Text with audio link story)

Goal #6 Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Ryan Hreljac

By: Wendy Jewell
Ryan Hreljac helps build wells for clean water in Africa.

Fin Donnelly

By: Jenny Kim
Fin Donnelly works to keep our rivers and waters clean.

Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

William Kamkwamba

By: Wendy Jewell & David Kemker
William Kamkwamba designed and built a windmill, at the age of 14, for his family in Malawi, Africa.

Goal #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Efren Penaflorida

By: Amanda Molinaro
Efren Penaflorida helped create Dynamic Teen Company

Goal #13 Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

David T. Suzuki

By: Anthony from Edmonton
David T. Suzuki has been teaching the public about the science of environmentalism for many years.

Goal #15 Life on Land: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Wangari Maathai

By: Heidi Antocicco
Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement that plants trees to help restore the desolate ecosystem in Africa.

Chico Mendes

By: Jeff Trussell
Chico Mendes gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending rainforests.

Goal #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Womens Peace Movement of Liberia

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine
Womens Peace Movement of Liberia stopped the violence in through peaceful means.


Laura Nietzer

The ESL/ELL Resource Showcase was curated by MY HERO Teacher and Learning Circle Director Laura Nietzer.

Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

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Organizer created on 2/26/2020 9:45:59 AM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 12/22/2020 11:49:27 AM by Laura Nietzer