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Innovating Sustainability
for a Cleaner Tomorrow

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 interconnected objectives adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. These goals were established to address some of the most pressing global challenges, encompassing a wide range of issues, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.

What are the SDGs?

The primary purpose of the SDGs is to create a universal framework that guides countries, organizations, and individuals in their efforts to achieve a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for all by the year 2030. These goals build on the progress made under the Millennium Development Goals, aiming to complete what was left unfinished and tackle new issues arising in the 21st century.

With targets related to economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability, the SDGs represent a blueprint for a better world, promoting cooperation and collective action on a global scale. They emphasize the interdependence of various global challenges and underscore the need for a holistic approach to development that leaves no one behind.

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PseudoDetox, Sorbonne Université's iGEM project, shines as a beacon of transformative potential in the dynamic landscape of scientific innovation. This visionary initiative epitomizes the essence of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), harmonizing elements of SDG 15 (Life on Land), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) in a comprehensive approach to environmental remediation and soil decontamination.

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SDG 15 : Life on Land
SDG 15 is at the core of the PseudoDetox Project's mission. By harnessing the power of genetically engineered Pseudomonas putida, our project aims to fortify soil health and enhance terrestrial ecosystems. This bioengineering marvel transforms these microorganisms into powerful agents capable of producing rhamnolipids and sophorolipids, vital in breaking down persistent soil pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In doing so, the project actively contributes to the preservation of land and biodiversity, aligning with SDG 15's targets for sustainable land management and the restoration of ecosystems.

SDG 13 : Climate Action
In concert with this, SDG 13 takes center stage as the PseudoDetox Project addresses climate change head-on. Our innovative strategies for bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soil aid in carbon sequestration and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, aligning seamlessly with SDG 13's imperative to combat climate-related challenges. This holistic approach bridges environmental sustainability and climate resilience, setting the stage for a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.

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SDG 2 : Zero Hunger
and SDG 6 : Clean Water and Sanitation

Furthermore, the project's holistic vision transcends disciplinary boundaries, indirectly intertwining with SDG 2 and SDG 6. By revitalizing soil health and promoting sustainable agriculture, PseudoDetox promotes food security (SDG 2) and safeguards clean water resources (SDG 6) for communities and ecosystems. This multidimensional impact underscores the project's role in addressing pressing global challenges, creating a future where human health, environmental well-being, and sustainability are profoundly interwoven.

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Read our in-depth article about how PseudoDetox, directly and indirectly, aligns with several SDGs in the following Pseudo Magazine article.

To read the full article
on our Pseudo Magazine please click here

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