The Origins Of Sustainability

Sustainability is a relatively new concept, but the movement as a whole has deep roots in social justice, conservationism, internationalism, and other movements. By the end of the 20th century, many of these  individual concepts  merged together to create the idea of ‘sustainable development.’

  • The Brundtland Commission

The Brundtland Commission was a key event in establishing the concept of sustainable development.

In 1983, the United Nations tapped former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland to run the new World Commission on Environment and Development.

After four years, the Brundtland Commission released its final report, Our Common Future. It famously defines sustainable development as:

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability

of future generations to meet their own needs.

Thus, this Commission successfully unified environmentalism with social and economic concerns on the world’s development agenda.

What Are The Three Pillars Of Sustainable Development?

The 3 Pillars Of Sustainable Development

Environmental Sustainability 

The natural order is preserved and all of the earth’s environmental systems are in balance while natural resources within them are used at a rate at which they can gradually regenerate. 

The natural order is preserved and all of the earth’s environmental systems are in balance while natural resources within them are used at a rate at which they can gradually regenerate.  

Economic Sustainability

All global human communities  have equal access to the resources needed for their survival . Economies are intact and everyone has access to stable sources of income. 

Social Sustainability

All people have access to sufficient resources to maintain the health and safety of their families and communities.  Healthy communities have responsible leaders who ensure personal, labour, and cultural rights of the people

Thus overall, this is how a sustainable world would look like.

What are Sustainable Development Goals? (SDGs)

In order to accomplish these 3 above pillars and make our society sustainable, the UN has set up 17 goals called ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. (SDGs)

‘Sustainable Development Goals’ is a call to action that aims to transform the world towards sustainability. There are 17 interconnected SDGs that push for a personal and societal sustainable lifestyle.

What are the 17 UN SDG’s?

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

One of the important goals is zero waste. The goal of zero waste is reuse and recycle whenever possible and prevent sending wastes for disposal. There are ways to achieve zero waste. Reusable packaging is one way where the packaging can be reused for other purposes. Waste management and circular economy are initiatives that can be taken to achieve these goals

Another major goal is climate action. Reducing and offsetting carbon footprints is a way to mitigate climate change. Use of renewable energy and green technology, promoting sustainable communities are also goals aligned with sustainability development. 

Through the Earth5R app, you will take a personal sustainability survey that will give them an idea of how aligned you are with the 17 SDGs. Through this survey, you will realise how to lead a sustainable life.

Earth5R will not only share your valuable survey readings within your community, but also inform your local government, and push for change. Thus, you will directly impact the noise pollution in your locality, and improve the well-being of your community.

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