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SUSTAINABILITY: CAN IT SAVE EARTH?

By- Manjot Kaur

I was scrolling over our stub-eco LinkedIn account and these lines catches my eyes, “7 mission Statements that inspire sustainability” by Pankaj Arora.

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“SUSTAINABILITY”

After winter vacation, my college reopened and I was still thinking about this word. I was scrolling all over my Instagram for finding something on this. But my friends are nosy. They interrupted and we had a productive discussion on this.

What is “Sustainability”?

Everyone has their own point of views on different basis.

Using laptop for maximum 3 hours a day, to avoid damage to our body’ — razan replied.

She is right.

“AVOIDING THE DAMAGE”

Sehaj said, “the value of the thing is examined only when that thing is no more with us. So, sustainability is making sure we have that thing as long as we want to have it as per our need”.

One more point added to my catalogue.

For more information I asked my mom while she was making food. She said, “Using ingredients according to its requirement for avoiding bad taste”. For her this is sustainability.

True, “STABILITY” is needed to prevent “DESTRUCTION”.

And then I went to my father. He told me that our survival on this planet necessitates maintenance of the natural world and its resources, and for that it needs sustainable environment.

“SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT”

He gave me a new perspective.

And then I stopped asking and worshiped Google BaBa.

Wikipedia says Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly. In the 21st century, it refers generally to the capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to coexist.

United nation defines Sustainability as an ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability is the capacity to improve the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the Earth’s supporting ecosystems. This definition has been provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

So, collaborating all the information I can say Sustainability is about stabilizing and maintaining equitably between human society and natural resources to avoid damage or destruction to the biosphere.

It is the capacity to endure or continue. If a product or activity is sustainable, it can be reused, recycled or repeated in some way because it is not exhausted all of the resources or energy required to create it. So, it can be broadly defined as the ability of something to maintain itself.

Biological systems such as wetlands, forests are good examples of sustainability. Since, they remain diverse and productive over long periods of time. Seen in this way it has to do with preserving resources and energy over the long term rather than exhausting them quickly to meet short term needs or goals.

It seeks new ways of addressing the relationship between societal growth and environmental degradation, which would allow human societies and economies to grow without destroying or over-exploiting the environment or the ecosystems in which those societies exist.

But it is about more than just the economic benefits of recycling materials and resources. While the economic factors are important but it also accounts for the social and environmental consequences of human activity.

Pillars of Sustainability

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This concept is referred to as the “three pillars of sustainability,” which asserts that true sustainability depends upon three interlocking factors: environmental preservation, social equity, and economic viability.

Social

People and communities must be treated fairly and equally — particularly in regard to eradicating global poverty and the environmental exploitation of poor countries and communities.

Economic

Sustainability must be economically feasible — human development depends upon the long-term production, use, and management of resources as part of a global economy.

Environmental

Sustainable human activities must protect the earth’s environment.

But are we protecting?

Current Global Environmental Crisis

Pollution

Global Warming

Climate Change

Natural Resources Depletion

Overpopulation

Waste Disposal

Loss of Biodiversity

Loss of Biodiversity

Deforestation

Ocean Acidification

Ozone layer Depletion

Acid Rain

Water Scarcity

Urban Sprawl

Health issues

These are the current environmental threat which we are facing or dealing with. And these are the result of carbon footprint of mankind. Are they not enough to awake our sleeping souls and to get serious about this? Neither we have fresh air nor fresh water and we left only with over-exploited environment.

The Indian Constitution under Part IVA (Art 51A-Fundamental Duties) casts a duty on every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures. It’s one of the fundamental duties to protect the natural assets.

Further, the Constitution of India under Part IV (Art 48A-Directive Principles of State Policies) deals with the protection of ecology and environmental pollution.

It stipulates that the State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country.

But the question arises, are we adhere to the law? Or we are “throttling” the mother earth.

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Sustainable Development Goals

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

It is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecological sustainable.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations and signifies an opportunity to achieve a more sustainable future. This Agenda spells out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to reach a sustainable world by 2030, in terms of people, planet and prosperity.Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .:. Sustainable Development…Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Preamble This Agenda is a plan of action for…sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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Are You willing to make the choices?

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From pollution, resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, to climate change, a growing human footprint is evident. This is not sustainable. This is ‘destruction’ not progress. We need to act differently if the world and its human and non-human inhabitants are to thrive in the future. Sustainability is about how we can preserve the earth and ensure the continued survival and nourishment of future generations. You and everyone you know will be affected in some way by the choices our society makes in the future regarding the earth and its resources. In fact, your very life may well depend upon those choices as we are near to mass extinction.

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“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan, Author