Sounds very pleasing and inspiring when we gossip on Sustainable Development. However, we have been lacking individual actions for sustainable development.
Let me extract some words of J.A. Elliott –
… It will be seen that sustainable development in the future requires actions for change at all levels, adressing both the human and physical environments and through interventions in physical, political-economic and social processes …
Adams made it clear in 1990 –
…the concept of sustainable development cannot be understood in a historical vacuum… necessary to understand the changes in thinking and practice from which the concept has developed. Of particular importance are the changes in thinking about what constitutes development and how best to achieve it, and changing ideas about the ‘environment’.
Few examples to check, have we begun these as individual (and with serious motivation) actions ?
- replaced traditional bulbs with CFLs?
- planted and cared some 5 trees?
- walked some less than 5 Kms, rather than using automobiles?
- reused the back side of ‘printed and outdated non-confidential letters’?
This will become a BIG checklist, so as to incorporate the actions of ‘two worlds – developing and developed’. Rest is upon us, lets transform our enthusiasm into actions ..