Action towards Sustainability
As global awareness of complex social and environmental issues increases, so does the interest in global development and the demand for sustainable solutions especially since the introduction of the concept of sustainable development (SD). According to the Brundtland Report (1987) the definition of Sustainable Development is a development that "meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". In other words, sustainability is reached in an environmentally, socially and economically healthy world.
SD is for everyone; at the same time it is achieved only through everyone’s contribution to a partnership approach that engages multiple sectors and stakeholders. Society expects responsible behavior and it is time to change our actions towards SD. ESD action includes creating awareness, providing education, building capacity, increasing participation, imparting values, providing training, in ESD which results in action towards sustainability. ASD actions can be directed to others as well as self. Following are some actions for individuals, which will help increase their handprint and make our future more sustainable.
• Personal Level
• Family/households Level
• Institutional Level
• Community Level
• City Level
• State Level
• National Level
• World Level
The initiative We-are-what-we-do has collected 50 suggestions for everyday activities on the personal level, by which one can improve the world and another 50 suggestions on how to protect the climate.
Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-J) , is a nationwide network organization to connect various NGOs in Japan for Education for Sustainable Development, and has been working closely with citizens, municipalities, academics and national government since 2003.
The alliance for climate protection (Al Gore) offers tips for activities at home, at work, at the store, in transportation, your community and on how to influence leaders. http://www.climateprotect.org/