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SUSTAINABILITY: SIMPLIFYING IT


It was a good feeling to know that nations across the world led by the UN came together and agreed on a new set of goals that we all can run with for the next 15 years and it was called the sustainable development goals. When I heard this, I was wondering if there will be any better future goals seeing that everything is really about sustainability.

As an architect, I have interest in sustainable architecture which involves creating built environments that have minimal influence on the natural ecosystem. Buildings known for contributing to changes in the environment have a major role to play when dealing with sustainability which why we have other areas known as green architecture. Enough of the jargon since we are keeping it simple.

In a popular definition of sustainable development we are told it is all about meeting the present of a generation without jeopardizing the needs of future generations. That tells us about continuity, continuous abundance, supply outweighing demand and it will definitely involve planning for years to come. In sustainability you don’t just plan for a year or even five years but plans that go well into 50 and a hundred years because more needs will continue to arise.

In trying not to jeopardize the needs of the future, there is then a need to forecast what the future should look like or what we are to expect. For instance some people talk about how computers are becoming automated, meaning more people won’t be needed for certain tasks so jobs will be lost. In this case we know what the future holds, what is being done to solve the impending doom of the present and the future that is ticking every day.

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Another way to look at it is that there will always be changes, adaptations, evolving and more challenges that arise with more development; how ready are we going to be when those times come. The UN has brought in many nations to key into the Sustainable Development Goals that will run from 2015 to 2030; and if you look closely at them some of those goals look more like the Millennium Development Goals that elapsed in 2015. Many of those goals have different levels of attainment in different countries. The reason why I am excited these new goals is because of the nomenclature given to it; sustainability.

By 2030, there will be various levels of attainment across nations and maybe the UN will be tempted to adopt another caption, which I don’t think will be laudable. This present name that has sustainability included in it is well enough to run into many generations, all we can be doing should be to refocus the goals depending on what the challenges might be for each generation.

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The idea of sustainability goes with the word “continuity”, sustenance of what was started years back or today. Everyone wants development that is sustainable, we want a present that will not buy over our future, we want a present that can lead us into a brighter future, we all desire certainty of the future that we all are creating.

For instance, one of the goals which is to end poverty cannot all be achieved completely in those 15 years but can be part of post-2030 goals where we continue pushing to make poverty history in the society. Climate action also is a continuous process as well and so are many others.

The desire to change the world and make it better for us all cannot be achieved by tagging a number of years with some particular goals but rather we can continue working on them, changing them, adopting new goals as the world changes until maybe we have an almost perfect world.

Sustainable Development Goals are laudable and should be adopted after 2030 only with changes to the goals or challenges as they arise.

 


About Chukwuemeka Azubuike

Architect, Construction Manager, Writer, Blogger and a Blogger’s Writer

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