The Impact is an action-oriented monthly newsletter curated by IA. Each issue dives into the Sustainable Development Goals that relate to current events and how readers can make a difference.


The content doesn't stop at education, we provide useful tools and actionable steps to learn about, engage with, and take action on the highlighted SDGs.


It's a concise, informative guide that enables readers to create a more sustainable world.


Updated: Jan 9

Welcome to 2022! We have a new year’s resolution for you that is not only achievable but also incredibly important - become an intersectional environmentalist! One of the targets of SDG 4: Quality Education is to provide the knowledge of sustainable development to everyone (Target 4.7), recognizing that sustainability is an all-encompassing concept. This issue will inspire you with the work of student-aged activists, local organizations, and even members of our own IA community!

Check out Issue 5: Intersectional Environmentalism here.

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TW: Residential schools, abuse

Note: The content in this issue was assembled by settler people and may not reflect the many perspectives of Indigenous people. We welcome feedback.

This month, we explore the concept of reconciliation. To create accountable institutions, as specified in SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, we need to know the traumatizing history of the residential schools in Canada. The journey starts now. Take a look at the flag in the header above. The Survivor’s Flag is a symbol of remembrance to all the lives impacted by the residential school system. Each element in the flag represents a different aspect of healing. Take the time to learn each element’s symbolism here. Continue reading this issue to learn more about your role in reconciliation.

Check it out here.

This month, we highlight the problematic nature of a beloved occasion: Black Friday. Our obsession with perceived savings relates to the larger issue of overconsumption, addressed by SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. We’ll break down why overconsumption is a problem and some initiatives in the Waterloo community that promote more sustainable options. Check out the Take Action section to find links to Repair4KW, a local collective supporting repair culture!

Check it out here.