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Why you should care about sustainability



There is no more urgent a topic facing humanity today than the state of our planet. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, explains why we should all care about these goals: “The way it is currently, with consumption and production, and with the ever-increasing population, the planet’s resources will not sustain unless something is done to change the way we treat our planet. The issue of sustainability is one that belongs to everybody because the issue of our environment and the depletion in resources is one that will affect generations to come, regardless of location. Should the world exceed its two-degree warning limit and become a lot warmer, then the consequences could be more natural disasters, poverty and famine. In order to prevent this, governments and businesses from across the world need to work together to ensure sustainable development – ensuring that economic growth doesn’t come at the expense of the planet. If we can have better development, economically, socially and environmentally, some of the crises can be addressed properly, ” explains Hongbo. “The Sustainable Development Goals is something we have never seen before. This is a great achievement, not only for the United Nations, but for human beings, for the globe.”


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