Sustainability

As the definition goes, sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Long story short, to be sustainable, something has to be good for the people, planet, and economically viable. Therefore sustainability doesn’t mean necessary less comfort or more expensive stuff, means paying more attention and being smarter, while transiting to a circular economy.

The most important framework for sustainability was created by the United Nations, and it’s called Sustainable Development Goals. It contains 17 categories with hundreds of targets and indicators to measure progress, and it is the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. The biggest threats to future generations today are climate change emergency, Earth’s sixth mass extinction happening today, and resource consumption. 

Last year Earth Overshoot Day took place on 2nd of August, this is the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. Until the end of the year, we lived on borrowed resources. We have to stop borrowing resources from future generations without their consent.

My work so far focused on SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG13: Climate Action, SDG4: Quality Education and SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing.