WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?

Sustainability is the process of balancing the needs of the present while keeping the needs of future generations in mind. It focuses on using the Earth’s resources at a slower pace than they regenerate, to ensure that life will always continue on Earth. Sustainability encourages that individuals consider the economic, ecological, and environmental impacts of their present decisions on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It emphasizes the importance of the whole over the specific.

IS AN ACTIVITY SUSTAINABLE?

YES

Honors the pillars of

people, profit, planet.

Uses renewable energy.

Uses recyclable

or recycled material.

Support corporations with a strong social responsibility policy.

NO

Uses nonrenewable energy.

Uses resources faster

than it generates.

Causes environmental degredation.

Lead to the extinction of

other life forms on Earth.

Sustainable practices support ecological and economic health and vitality. Today, there are almost 140 developing countries in the world seeking ways of meeting their needs, but with the increasing threat of climate change, concrete efforts must be made to ensure that future generations are not negatively affected.  

The United Nations has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that emphasize a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all by 2030. These goals include no poverty, zero hunger, quality education, reduced inequality, and sustainable cities and communities among others.

For more information, visit: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030.html

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