In contemporary discourse, sustainable development has cemented its place as a crucial consideration for the welfare of present and future generations. At its core, sustainable development seeks to address the intricate balance between our current needs and the long-term viability of our planet, making it an intricate interplay of economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. This concept advocates for meeting the requirements of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A significant impetus that has propelled sustainable development to the forefront of international agendas is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Established by the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs are a set of 17 interlinked goals, designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" by the year 2030. These goals range from ending poverty, improving health, and ensuring access to quality education to tackling larger systemic challenges like climate change, inequality, and peace. What's remarkable about the SDGs is not just their breadth but their holistic approach. They recognize that individual challenges are not isolated; for instance, climate action (SDG 13) directly affects life below water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15). Thus, it underscores that solutions must be intersectional, requiring cooperation across sectors, disciplines, and borders. Moreover, the SDGs emphasize the idea that no one should be left behind, echoing the inclusivity pillar of sustainable development. By highlighting specific targets under each goal and setting a deadline, the SDGs serve as a tangible roadmap for nations to realize the broader vision of sustainable development. The relationship between sustainable development and the SDGs can be seen as symbiotic. While sustainable development provides the overarching philosophy, the SDGs provide specific pathways and benchmarks to actualize that vision. As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges, from climate crises to socio-economic disparities, the fusion of the sustainable development ethos with the actionable framework of the SDGs offers hope. It provides a comprehensive strategy to ensure that growth and progress occur in harmony with our planet's finite resources and the broader well-being of all its inhabitants.
Michael F. Ashby, Chapter 3 - What is a ‘Sustainable Development’?, Editor(s): Michael F. Ashby, Materials and Sustainable Development (Second Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, 2022, Pages 51-68, ISBN 9780323983617.
Sustainable Development Strategies, Engineering, Culture and Economics, 2021, Pages 1-25
23rd July 2020
The new 2030 sustainable development agenda is likely to dominate policy and academic debates at both national and international levels over next 15 years and beyond. It is, therefore, a crucial time to critically reflect how the SDGs are likely to shape - and be shaped by - the wider research community. Each peer-reviewed paper will address the common question of: “how is the SDG agenda influencing scholarly debates in different research areas, and vice-versa?”.
Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 13, October 2018
A brief review of Chilean policies on sustainability along with the academic efforts related to green chemistry, in order with this new scenario are discussed. Topics considered are extraction processes, new solvents, CO2 transformation and emerging photovoltaics materials.
Futures, Volume 87, 1 March 2017
Sustainability theory shows that the sustainability problem is a value orientation problem. In a recent study, Klaas van Egmond identified an underlying pattern of a crossed circle, representing affirmative and adversative value orientations, whose disintegration engenders unsustainable tendencies. This article explicates how Shakespeare's allegories invite to quests for ‘values worthy of pursuit’, grounded upon a similar immanent cyclical pattern of value orientations, moving from and to the centre of Shakespeare's works.