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What Does Sustainability Mean to You?

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Even though sustainability sounds like an institutional level topic, the truth is that it is about every individual that takes a random decision or makes an action no matter how small it is.
There are various misconceptions about sustainability. Most of the people tend to think that sustainability is about the environment or that only the governments and big corporations are working towards achieving it. This happens because they don’t understand the concept properly.

Sustainability is a wide concept that encompasses social, economic, and environmental aspects of the activity of individuals, businesses, organizations, civil society, and governments.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals address challenges that people all over the world face including poverty, lack of access to education, different types of inequality, climate, environmental degradation, peace and justice, and much more.

If you look at each of the Goals, it’s easy to notice that they are connected to each other.

Think about a company in a developing country that has no female workers. (Goal 5: Gender Equality) This can be because of the fact that females in that specific country don’t have access to quality education. (Goal 4: Quality education)
Millions of girls all over the world don’t go to school because:
They live in conflict or war zones (Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions)
Early marriage is considered a higher priority than education (Goal 5: Gender Equality)
Schools are not safe or they are away from their homes
Poverty and lacking of funds
Lack of sanitation (Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation)
Child or domestic labor (Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Target 8.7)
They have disabilities and feel discriminated
Natural disasters (Goal 1: No Poverty, Target 1.5)
Pregnancy
Or simply because they’re girls
Each of these issues needs a solution and they are among the SDGs targets.

Therefore, an organization or business cannot say that they are sustainable just because they work on renewable energy projects, but they have no female workers. At the moment when an issue is noticed, it is crucial to tackling it through innovative solutions in order to benefit the entire society.
It is important to highlight that everyone can take a step towards a more sustainable world. This can be achieved not only by making more responsible choices in our daily lives but also by social entrepreneurship. Differently, from traditional entrepreneurs that focus on products and services to sell, social entrepreneurs focus on a cause that will benefit society.

A common misconception about entrepreneurship is that it belongs to a few people.
The Entrepreneurship Campus makes possible that everyone, no matter where they are located has access to entrepreneurial knowledge. Young wannapreneurs and people of all ages who are passionate about making a change in their societies can achieve the mindset that helps them make it possible by taking the free online training.

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10 Comments

  1. Good stuff

  2. Sustainability as rightly pointed out above, is the ability to create an enabling world where the peace of every human is seen to be just as important as the air we breathe. Positive peace that is, seeing that has transformed overtime into a place where a person can kill another and believes such act brings him/her peace. Sustainability requires putting in place and/or doing those little things that will promote peaceful living towards a sustainable world.

  3. Sustainability means the ability to maintain something for usage of tomorrow and continually being used forever by future generation. From this definition you can see that it is the main reason the UN SDG put much effort on equality because unity and team work they are two Important keys to achieve sustainability.
    Everybody must take part to achieve these 17 SDGs because everything depends on everybody.
    How can you sustain a home if you abuse the home maker who is a woman ,no ways..so for these goals to be achieved we need to join hands in hands working together in a peaceful manner so that we achieve the 17 SDGs and the targets.
    I for one,my idea of build the young entrepreneur which target young girls and women for skills and technical education will help to empower girls and women so that Early marriages are combated hence reducing population growth,increasing women empowerment and clean jobs for young girls and women.

  4. Sustainability is almost impossible to achieve by oneself. Partnerships/education/knowledge base etc help personally I use to have a misconception about the word. We all need each other to actualize sustainability in every part of the world

  5. Sustainability means the ability to maintain something for usage of tomorrow and continually being used forever by future generation

  6. I am enlightened. Thank you.

  7. Educating and informative article. Am so glad this article is published here for our individual consumption. Lot of budding entrepreneurs think owing or funding a company has to do with, I have the knowledge, I am into social enterprise work, my work reach out to the general community and so on. But it is sad how some of them will forget so soon that, founding or championing an initiative is one thing but SUSTAINABILITY is another greater job. This is the reason why some venture capitalists and angle investors will always ask you to succinctly explain or discuss how you plan to sustain your project or idea? It is not far from what the above article has captured. This must/ought to encompass one or two of the Goals… If we seek for answers, there is absolutely no doubt that we won’t find any!.

    Cheers!

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