We have heard the word sustainability, but what is exactly the sustainability is?
The word sustainability originated with the Brundtland Report in 1987 that describes sustainable development as one that satisfies the needs of the present without adversely affecting the conditions for future generations.
The concept of sustainability became more inclusive. Sustainability is wider than renewable energy and energy efficiency and not only referring to forest but the whole biodiversity.
Sustainability is a paradigm for thinking about the future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of an improved quality of life. For example, society relies on a healthy environment in order to get food, drinking water and clean air for all of us.
Three pillars of sustainability to support true global sustainability
- Environmental sustainability
Environmental sustainability is essentials to our life since it is the sources of our daily needs such as fresh foods, clean air, clean water are coming from water, land, freshwater, forests, and ocean.
- Social sustainability
As with environmental sustainability, social sustainability principles can be applied to societies of any size. For example, one of sustainability’s grand challenges is to simultaneously reduce consumption in the developed world while raising the standard of living of the developing world – we need to be responsible global citizens by making informed choices every day within our homes and communities.
- Economic sustainability
Economic sustainability is more than just money and profit but also takes into account social and ecological consequences of economic activity. We have to consider in using the life-cycle of raw materials – starting from the production, distribution, recycling and disposal.
The sustainability development concept has been implemented in many companies around the world. The realized the natural sources such as forests, oceans are fundamentals to our life. Which is why, by following the sustainability development goals (SDGs), they hope that our posterity can still enjoy the natural resources and live-in peace.