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Sustainable Development

by Andjela Kadovic on 29th April, 2011 at 9:08 AM CEST

Life is just a thread, a roadmap, a journey. We all tread a path, sometimes we are on a proper road, but sometimes some things turn not to be good enough and, therefore, we have to turn to some other path of the road. On our way we all leave a mark, either good or bad one. When it comes to the nature, it’s unfortunately a very bad sign. Apart from the everyday’s problems you are burdened by, have you ever, when you’re at home by your own, thought that you and other people take part in destroying and spoiling of the environment? Have you ever wondered how the world will look like in a hundred year time? Will it be a good life if we as individuals or a society in a whole keep on spoiling the environment? 

By the year 2200 there will be a lot more people living on this planet than now, the estimation says from 15 to 36 billion people. So, I’m asking you: Where will all these people live? How will they live? My answer is contained in just two words: “sustainable development”. 

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The strategy of the sustainable development includes: 

  • preservation of natural and available resources
  • prevention of environmental pollution (most emphasis is put on CO2 or carbon dioxide emissions)
  • the preservation and improvement of ecology: the protection of plant and animal species, ie. biological diversity, ecosystem conservation
  • production of organic food
  • improvement of agriculture
  • energy savings in every possible segment og life
  • the process planning of living standard for the 10 billion people
  • poverty reduction strategy
  • reducion of the mass consumption of consumers’ goods
  • global climate changes.

The Sustainable Development, "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It also, "requires meeting the basic needs of all people giving them the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations for a better life. The world in which poverty is endemic will always be prone to ecological and other catastrophes." Countries must learn from each other's failures and success to discover what sustainable development involves in their own country. I want to highlight that the sustainable development has three divisions: economic, environmental, and social. Something needs to be done, the Government has to implement an adequate plan to protect and improve the environment while working on the sustainable development. So, let’s do it! There are numerous strategies and ways to work out this important issue. One of the strategies is named “green growth”. 

Why the “green growth”? The recent crisis has warn many countries of a necessity for different kinds of economic growth. In response to it, many governments are implementing the measures to support the green recovery. Together with innovations, getting green can be a long-standing driver for economic growth via, let’s say, investing in renewable energy and improved efficiency of energy and materials. In every single segment of life there are always two sides of the coin: in this specific case, one side is the economic and technological growth, and the other side is environmental pollution. To my regret, I must express my dissatisfaction and disappointment with the current situation in the nature, an ozone layer, polluted air, water, soil ... The list is endless! Unfortunately, it will take a lot of time to stop the selfish objectives which are leading us to the natural disaster. In addition to this statement, (I hope you’ll share my opinion) it seems that the development and growth and economic terms can hardly be reached without disturbing the nature. . . So, all dear, I have another question for you: Do you think that green growth is the best way to use to get a sustainable development?(I’m looking forward from hearing your solutions!)

As I’ve already mentioned, an alternative solution always exists and it’s up to us to use it. We cannot realize how small things can contribute to improving the environment. Here's what I’m suggesting: 

1. Instead riding a motor-bike let’s ride a bike! The results are multiply beneficial: low-cost means of transport, no need to refuel, and you do the exercise and do not yet pollute the air! 

2. A chewing gum instead of smoking the cigarettes, - no threat to the public health or the air 

3. Turn off lights when not needed! Dispose of garbage where it belongs! 

What are your proposals? Open your imagination and creativity and tell us what is it!

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Change your bad habits! You will do good to the nature and to yourself at the same time. Only then certain things will start bothering you: like big factories, deforestation, littering, dirty sources ... This could be a profitable business, as well! Don’t think it’s costly! On the contrary, What do you think about the idea of creating more jobs for people who will teach others how to behave properly towards the environment? I know, similar ideas already exist but I’m not sure they are followed correctly? ( I can imagine how you are now reacting to this comment). Well, my suggestion is to hire people who will propose and turn the ideas into practice. And the best ideas to be awarded!? This can encourage people to DO care about the environment and develop their own personality through expressing and implementing of ideas. For the end, I would like that all of you describe what are the things that your government is doing for this matter? What do you think about that? Do you think that it should be more done for this extremely important issue? Looking forward to hearing your comments! 

Of course there are many other things to be changed or improved. We are all responsible for the future of our planet. In a great deal it matters the sustainability.. So, It’s a high time to wake up, all of us! The thing is much more serious than it seems at a first glance. Let us be the first to pave the way for the generations to come. It will let us enjoy the clean and green and healthy environment!

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

very true dear.. sustainable development is always appreciated (ppl dont understand the meaning of it)

"meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" - very beautifull...

wel if i give example of company in which m working.. basically its chemical company, in history one of the most polluted one..

company change their strategy and value system and since 2004 GACL (Gujarat alkalies & chemicals ltd) winning lot many award regarding sustainable development.. all will love it, just have a look:

http://www.gacl.com/public_htm l/new/awards.htm (its not updated but list of award related to SD is long)

it always depends on your thought process & strategy.. if you can inheart then no need to work wid external force, you yourself will find lot many answers reld to SD automatically.. :)

be the change u want to see.. :)

30th April, 2011 @ 6:59 AM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

I love your thinking, creativity and work.

1st May, 2011 @ 3:34 PM CEST

Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

Nice work Anđela :) Sustainable development is definitely an extremely important issue and all of us should take a part in changing people's conscience about it.

2nd May, 2011 @ 12:38 AM CEST

Andjela Kadovic

Andjela Kadovic | Action team

Thank you girls a lot! :)

2nd May, 2011 @ 1:22 PM CEST

Andjela Kadovic

Andjela Kadovic | Action team

Jatin, thanks! :)
I agree with you apsolutely, because I live in the country where companies are not social responsible, unfortunately.:( Something must be changed immediately!

2nd May, 2011 @ 1:26 PM CEST

Lyuba Guerassimova

Lyuba Guerassimova

Nice article, I'm all for environmentally sustainable lifestyles and try to hae one as much as I can :)
Now a bit of a tough question that many people I have asked so far do not like - perhaps deem too cynical. But I'll ask it: why don't we tackle population growth? I never understood the hypocrisy of having 10 children, so they can work and care for you, while at the same time not being able to ensure they are healthy or educated... Yes, it's a generalization and by no means always true, but it usually is, even with fewer children... And of course I'm not saying we should all have 1 child - no, definitely not...but me making such an effort to preserve resources in the end makes little sense when the core issue is not tackled...

1st July, 2011 @ 2:04 AM CEST

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