The Opinion Leader video series was one of the activities planned for this year’s Global Week to #Act4SDGs, a global campaign by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and UN Foundation which took place from September 25th through September 30th 2022. G17 Bhutan's University Ambassadors contacted Bhutan's influential speakers to discuss the significance of sustainable development. The leaders' remarks on living sustainably were filmed from a separate location where they were already residing, and a video series was subsequently produced.
Ambassadors had spoken with two important individuals, one of whom was social media influencer Kelden Dorji. He discusses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how Bhutan is carrying them out. Bhutan's development has been influenced by and is founded on the Gross National Happiness development policy (GNH). He explained how the GNH principle maintains harmony between human activity and the environment, or more precisely, the entire system in which we live. The speaker also highlighted the efforts being made by Bhutan's Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) to achieve the SDGs.
Ambassadors also spoke with Kinley Wangmo, the founder of Bhutan Hydroponics, an organization based in Thimphu. One environmentally friendly alternative to conventional farming is hydroponics, a crop technique that does away with soil and uses a nutrient-rich water solution in its place. By minimizing the use of resources while reducing deforestation and water pollution, hydroponics makes a significant contribution to the SDGs. She discusses her decision to use hydroponics and how current technology might assist in attaining the SDGs.