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Striving towards sustainable future

by Ana Mihajloska on 6th December, 2012 at 3:16 PM CEST

A sustainable society is one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” - World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987 

Sustainability is at the crossroads of society, economy and environment, hence the involvement in only one of those areas is not sufficient and here the need of interdisciplinary approach, collaboration and knowledge of diverse areas arises. 

Youth sustainability is essential because of the constantly increasing population, global warming as well as the huge development in industry starting from the 50s. So, how can youth help in achieving sustainability? In order for youth to help delivering this cause, there are a few important things it should be well aware of. 

First of all, it is crucial to know that waste is not garbage. Waste is every object the producer or the consumer stops using. It is generated through the consumption of products in society or through the manufacturing processes and services from the economy stakeholders. There are different kinds of waste, the most important of which is the so-called dangerous waste. Dangerous waste is the waste that contains dangerous particles and can have terrible consequences on the environment and the health of the people. Batteries belong to the group of dangerous waste, because they contain poisonous metals that can lead to cancer, infections, flammability and even explosions. 

An interesting fact is that every kid has at least one game for which at least 4 batteries are necessary. 

Also, metals are the oldest poisons known to man. People with increased blood or urine levels of lead, arsen and cadmium have 200% to 350% bigger chances to be diagnosed with pancreas or reproductive glands cancer. Metals are being redistributed through geological and biological cycles. The bad news is cadmium needs 20 years to disintegrate, while lead needs 30. 

The target is to raise public awareness of the harmful effect these dangerous wastes cause and initiate a system for waste batteries management. Youth can help by disposing of the batteries in bins specially designed for them, which are being spread in increasing number of countries. Also, by warning several friends of the detrimental effects dangerous waste has on environment, that circle of people who are aware of the consequences will continue growing, hopefully reaching an enormous radius and thus helping Earth go clean. 

Furthermore, the things that cause the most damage to Earth are: 

• Energy production 

• Agriculture 

• Transportation 

Crucial solution to this is using renewable energy resources. These would include: hydro energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass energy. Thus, we would achieve better consumption control, consequently acting sustainably. 

And finally, some tips on how we can reduce our personal ecological footprint: 

• Continuous education 

• Being responsible consumers 

• Saving energy 

• Printing both sides of paper 

• Using public transportation, or even better, a bicycle 

Do you think you can stand up to this challenge?

Ana Mihajloska, Writers Action Team #9

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Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

Yes, I can stand up for this change! Youth must step forward to bring this true change.

8th December, 2012 @ 8:42 PM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

great tips! challenge accepted! :)

20th December, 2012 @ 5:51 AM CEST

jigar panot

jigar panot

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.
-- Nelson Mandela

I change myself, i change the world :)

22nd December, 2012 @ 8:25 AM CEST

ONORIODE COLLINS AKIN

ONORIODE COLLINS AKIN

Embracing to go - green initiative will help to mitigation climate change and create employment

24th December, 2012 @ 10:07 AM CEST

Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

Am definitely in! And i so envy those who can cycle in their countries!! Because of the socio-cultural norms here in Pakistan, we couldn't THINK of cycling on the road being females! But I see it as a trending move in universities and colleges for males..

But i definitely like the thought uv'e triggered! Sustainability by each and every one of us! Thank you for such a practical and important thought and solution!!!

24th December, 2012 @ 3:30 PM CEST

Kevin Holder

Kevin Holder

Most definitively I stand for this change

25th December, 2012 @ 6:24 PM CEST

Gayathri Kamarajan

Gayathri Kamarajan

I`m in :)

30th December, 2012 @ 10:22 AM CEST

ONORIODE COLLINS AKIN

ONORIODE COLLINS AKIN

Going green is everyone concern and should not be left for government alone, hence I cherish the saying by Abraham Lincoln "Don't think of what your country can do for you, but think of what you can do for your country. We should all think of what we can do to make the world a better place by embarking on the journey of going green by contributing our quota.

2nd January, 2013 @ 9:10 AM CEST

Hina Hazrat

Hina Hazrat | Action team

A great write-up. Well written!

Sustainability is the most important part of any idea & project! When it comes to future, it stands at top!

31st March, 2013 @ 6:35 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Agree with your thought and its one of the most imp factor..

Good Article

1st April, 2013 @ 6:07 PM CEST

Nenad Todorovski

Nenad Todorovski | Action team

It doesn't take a lot in order to make this world better on the long run. In my opinion, the most crucial step is raising public awareness. From that point, with solid foundations, everything is possible. :)

Great article!

5th April, 2013 @ 1:23 AM CEST

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