We can summarize the current world order as follows: More production, more consumption, more resource use, and more waste. On the way to the next world, we establish an economic and social life as if there is no tomorrow. The little world seems to us more than we have to deal with every day. It tries to describe it with signs: the climate crisis, social inequality, reduced inclusion and accessibility but there is a way to understand and control us the impact we can have on the Earth: Sustainability.
Yes, even though we have long put the adjectives sustainable before every word without exception, this term is How much do we really know about sustainability? What is sustainability? Why is it important? Let's take a look at it step-by-step. In fact, there is no single universally accepted definition of sustainability. Still, it is often defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." While ensuring the continuity of production, diversity and consumption, it means social and environmental sustainability. At this point, “What is sustainability?” We also need to answer the question.
The most common misconception is to define sustainability only from an ecological perspective. However, sustainability is a holistic approach that recognizes that everything must be considered together to produce lasting well-being. This brings us to the next question. What topics does the concept of sustainability cover? Sustainability has many aspects, including economic, social, and environmental aspects. Therefore, an eco-friendly lifestyle alone is not synonymous with sustainability. It requires steps to bring factors such as social equity, economic development, and well-being into the equation and bring balance to all human activities. If we give an example of this, it could be Environmental protection. It focuses on Preserving ecosystem integrity and resilience through measures such as reducing carbon footprint, ensuring sustainable use of resources in production, waste management, protecting biodiversity, saving energy and water, and recycling.
Economic development: It aims to improve economic growth and well-being by conserving resources. It prioritizes concepts such as green investment, innovation and R&D, fair trade, sustainable finance, and circular economy.
Social Development: It describes the achievement of satisfactory and sustainable standards in all aspects of life, including social justice, equal opportunity, inclusion, education, health, public awareness, and gender equality. At the same time, they open the door to entrepreneurial projects that produce solutions to social problems.