Importance of Sustainable Development: Why we need it?

can be defined in many different ways. There is one simple definition that is used by many people.

Sustainable development is the development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the future generation from meeting their own needs.

Sustainable development has continued over the years to evolve as that of protecting the resources of the world while the true agenda is controlling the world’s resources.

Read here for the historical timeline on the sustainable development.

The importance of sustainable development cannot be overstated.

The essence of this type of development is having a stable relationship between the human activities and the natural world, which does not get affect the prospects of future generations enjoying what we are enjoying today.

This idea of environmentally sustainable economic growth is not a new thing.

There are many cultures that have over the years recognized the importance of harmonizing the environment, society, and economy. The main goal of this is to achieve the perfect balance between economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and socio-political sustainability.

One challenge that has been faced in this effort is that many of the goals have not been properly formed and there is still a lot of debates on the fundamental concepts.

Why we need it?

Photo:freedigitalphotos/africa
Photo:freedigitalphotos/africa

Sustainable development is very important for every planning process because it will go a long way in meeting the current goals while putting in mind the future. Whether it’s a matter of international policy, city planning, or designing of a dream home, you will need to factor in sustainable development.

For any country, to be sustainable and economically developed, three things must be needed to be addressed:

Poverty

Inequality

and Unemployment

Looking at these three factors, a country cannot achieve its goals if they focus more on agri-industrial programs and infrastructure, it also has to focus on human development. In makes sense, since the Millennium Development Goals is already terminated, policy makers are now adopting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in lieu of MDG. And in this SDG’s developing countries, poverty alleviation is at the top priority to be addressed.

On the other hand, developed countries needs to address climate related issues. After all, these countries are the great contributor of Carbon Dioxide

But the question is, how far can a country go with such goals?

I just remember a sociological theory which states,

for an organization to live and extend its operation, it has to change and reformulate plans over and over again.

In the same manner, in order for humans to survive in this world, we need to change plans and goals and achieve this.

I hope that it is not just by pen and paper, but rather this will be implemented by heart and mind.

Indeed, sustainable development makes a lot of financial sense. If a long term view on investment of time and money produces a lot of benefits over the period of the project. It can be very tempting to opt for a cheaper fix rather than looking at it in the long term and more permanent solution.

However, striving for long-term benefits encourages innovation. There is a lot that need to be done to ensure that sustainable development is adopted more around the world to ensure that the future is well taken care of.

Organizations and governments should be sensitized on the many benefits of having sustainable development as part of their plan.

Although SD will enhance their long-term development agenda and promote innovation. Responsible use of all natural resources benefits both the companies and the next generation.

There are other importance of sustainable development, depending on the situation and the developments that are being done.