In 2015, the international community adopted a set of 17 goals as part of a new global agenda on sustainable development.
Goal 12 : Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Why practice sustainable consumption?
• Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices
• If people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually
• Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.
• Man is polluting water faster than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes.
• Excessive use of water contributes to the global water stress.
• 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry.
• Overconsumption of food is detrimental to our health and the environment.
• 2 billion people globally are overweight or obese.
Land degradation, declining soil fertility, unsustainable water use, overfishing and marine environment degradation are all lessening the ability of the natural resource base to supply food.
How can you help as a consumer?
There are two main ways to help:
1. Reduce your waste
2. Being thoughtful about what you buy and choosing a sustainable option whenever possible. Minimalism is the new happiness mantra too.
“The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.” — Lao Tzu
Recommended Read: Want Happiness? Practice Minimalism
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How can you help as a business?
A sustainable business is one that generates profit while improving societal and environmental conditions. This includes what you do (your product or service) as well as how you do it (the way you operate). The top five critical areas are-energy, waste, workplace, transport, and purchasing. It’s not about just adopting sustainable business practices that reduce your footprint, but also ethical business practices that do not harm ecology as well as exploit communities.
For the examples of the development and implementation of green growth policies and practices, check these best practices .
For more details on Goal 12 , click here.
To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 12, click here.