What are the ecological challenges we are all into and how sustainable development could solve them
We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth - pollution, toxic contamination, resource depletion, prejudice, poverty, hunger - those problems will surely accompany us to other worlds.~ Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia M. Fran from 'Biosphere 2000: Protecting Our Global Environment' 1996
Present day scenario is really very clear and alarming. The world is faced with a tremendous array of ecological challenges. Global warming is increasing and we see more severe floods, storms and droughts with accompanied loss of life. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are becoming more frequent and intense. More people are dying from the effects of pollution and the number of people dying of cancer continues to rise. Decades of pollution are catching up with us. Climatic changes are increasingly being linked to droughts, food shortages, migration of people, spreading deserts and deforestation. These will eventually affect all of us. In fact others are already affected. We are indeed faced with a very alarming scenario. We need to be involved in facing these challenges and work for solutions. After all, whatever we do on the earth must be done with the consciousness that it will affect seven generations after us. All stakeholders have to work hand in hand in working on the solutions.
A worth reading link on environmental challenges
What is sustainable development? How do you think it could be able to help solve the ecological challenges the entire world is into now?
Sustainable development is a term popularized in the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development called Our Common Future. It is the development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. It requires choices based on values and it depends upon information dissemination and education, especially regarding the economics of decision that affect the environment. Sustainability has become a central theme of environmental science and human development and resource use. It means using resources in ways that do not diminish them. Resources and natural amenities, including wildlife, natural beauty , and open space, should be preserved, so that future generations can have lifestyles at least as healthy and happy as ours or perhaps better.
Furthermore, Anup Shah in his article entitled “Sustainable development Introduction” said that the idea of sustainable development grew from numerous environmental movements in earlier decades. Several summits were even conducted such as the Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, 1992, as major international meetings to bring sustainable development to the mainstream.
Many people are arguing on the idea that endlessly continuing development, continually improving the lives of more and more people . But development requires constantly increased resource exploitation. Consequently, the very notion of sustainable development could be impossible. Most of our resources are renewable, and the capacity of the biosphere to absorb our wastes is limited.
What then can we do?
- To be truly enduring, the benefits of sustainable development must be available to all humans, rather than to just the members of a privileged group. Many of the world’s people live in poverty and in unhealthy conditions. Demographers predict that by 2050, at least two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. These cities will have an extra ordinary impact on their surrounding environments. But they could also be powerful engines for cultural, economic and political change.
- Sustainable development does not mean raising the entire world’s people to the same level of consumption. But rather, it means trying to raise the level of health, security, political stability and quality of life around the world.
Intervening Components of Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is generally accepted as having three intervening components such as environment, society, and economy. An example of which is shown by the existence of a healthy, prosperous society with a healthy environment providing food and resources, safe drinking water, and clean air for its citizens. The sustainability paradigm do not accept the fact that casualties in the environmental and social realms are inevitable and acceptable consequences of economic development.
Links to supplement ideas on SD
- What is Sustainable Development?
IISD has prepared an extensive introduction and background to sustainable development. This section includes the Sustainable Development Briefcase.
- Sustainable Development | Kullabs.com
Sustainable development means to take economic benefit what can help to raise living standard of present generation without affecting need of future generation. It means to conserve resources without affecting its quantity and quality. This note has
- Environmental Issues and Solutions to Current Environment Problems | NRDC
NRDC: Landing Page
Below are the environmental challenges we are into now.. Please rank them according to your perceived choice and urgency of action. 1 = most urgent 2 = more
This video looks at the meaning of sustainable development and why the current best practices prescribe participatory methods. It also presents a visual model f
For critical thinking
- What are the ecological challenges the world is into now? What measures can you do to solve them?
- How do you perceive sustainable development in your respective status? What do you think can you do to promote sustainability in your own country?
- Climate change has been described as an environmental issue, but a potential change in the earth's atmosphere would affect many other aspects of our daily lives. What do you think these effects might be and be able to discuss them. Do you think we would benefit if global temperature rises?