What is sustainable development?

When presently everyone are blessed with most of the resources with parity to meet our needs and similarly the impending generation should also have equal access to all of the resources without any mitigation and that is the idea of sustainable development at its simplest. It is the fact that human societies must live and meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is an approach to developing or growing by using resources in a way that allows for them to renew or continue to exist for others. The sustainable development goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Earth’s natural resources have been used in ways that are environmentally inefficient and wasteful, with dangerous consequences such as decreased air quality and overall climate change. Sustainable development practices help countries grow in ways that adapt to the challenges posed by climate change, which will in turn help to protect important natural resources for ours and future generation. Countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first and here the SDG’s play a prominent role which were designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, no hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women.

17 Goals of sustainable development

  • Zero poverty
  • No hunger
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Gender equality
  • Quality education
  • Good health and well being
  • Economic growth
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institution
  • Partnerships for the goals

What has led to the formation of sustainable development? Free access of humans and unlimited consumption of finite resource would extinguish the same resources in the near future and eventually the Earth’s resources would get overexploited. For instance, even in the present world there are scarcity over many resources like the non renewable energy -petrol and diesel. Due to the paucity of such resources the prices are escalating making it unfeasible for the common man and traps us into a very pathetic scenario. Water scarcity is yet another big quandary which is prevalent in many domains due to the lack of sufficient water or access to unsafe water. Water is a pressing need in many areas of the world. If these are the situations now then just imagine the plight of the future generation? We know that many resources in the present world are limited in nature . It is our sincere responsibility to use it prudently and bequeath the future generation with this legacy and thus lead to a viable development !!!!

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