Take a seat because we are about to take a ride to Sustainability. If you are listening this words for the first time then you are in for a treat, but if you are already familiar with it then you will get updated and will get to know some extra thing you didn’t know.
So let’s start… Shall we??
What is SUSTAINABILITY??
In simple language.. It is ability to maintain something at certain level and lot letting it deplete in long run. Now everyone thinks sustainability is related to environment or natural resources, but in real sustainability can be see in three aspects (can be said 3P’s)-
Environment Sustainability (Planet)
Ecological Balance is maintained, all of Earth’s resources should be consumed at the rate where they can replenish themselves. This will make sure that resources are saved for future generations too.
Economy Sustainability (Profit).
There should be secure sources of livelihood for everyone. Humans across the globe should have access to resources they require for meeting their daily needs.
Society sustainability (People).
Universal human rights and basic necessities are attainable by all people, who have access to enough resources in order to keep their families and communities healthy and secure.
Hence, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT is development meeting the needs of present without letting future needs in danger keeping the aspects Planet, People and Profit in vision.
This is where the Sustainable Development Goals designed by UN members comes in play…
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)
In 2012 the member states of united nations came together in Rio De Janeiro with the purpose of creating a new global agenda of Sustainable Development. In 2000 they all agreed to develop Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which was a set of 8 objectives guiding countries to fight poverty and hunger for next 15 years. SDGs are a development over MDGs made by the UN members. It took three years for members and they came up with a set of total 17 different goals,targets and indicators as a part of global agreement called 2030 AGENDA on August 2, 2015. The new SDGs would cover all nations and the whole three prospects of sustainability.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the following:-
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Conserve and Sustainably Use Oceans.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
For getting more detail knowledge about the goals, their targets, indicators and progress check UN’s SDGs.
Frankly, this is the most absurd question one can ask. But let me try to answer this by asking some questions back…
- Answer yourself that what kind of environment we will be leaving to our future generation? Are we going to just give them birth but not leaving any natural resources on which they can survive?
- Do our future generation will get to know Earth as a Green Planet only through history books and not going to live in it?
- We have used natural resources at an alarming rate, so its our responsibility to control the damage or not?
- We humans are considered as one of the most brilliant creatures on the planet, are our daily activities and behaviours is worthy of this title or not?
- Are we so selfish that we are not ready to do anything for Earth which is basically providing us the life we live?
Think about it that how we are destroying ourselves only, in long run…
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Till Next Time… Live Sustainably…
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