Fascinating lecture looking at Sustainability and it’s 3 core strands (arguably 5):
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC
As a society we need to understand the mandatory importance of the ENVIRONMENTAL Pillar, not the ECONOMIC. The environment is our habitat; we survive by what the world offers us. If we continue on the belief that wealth and material possessions are more important to us than the world we live in, then I am afraid we are doomed.
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Huw asked me to choose 3 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were important on a personal level, and comment why I chose each one:
GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATION – Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education. EDUCATE TO INNOVATE.GOAL 7: AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources. INNOVATE TO TRANSFORM.GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTIONSustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty. Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life-cycle, while increasing quality of life. It involves different stakeholders, including business, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media, and development cooperation agencies, among others. It also requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to final consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others. PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE.
A Must Watch!! Professor Stuart Walker is a critic of the current economic system and frames the problem beginning at the Industrial Revolution, and becoming rampant during/after the 1950’s (Modernism/Post-Modernism). Economics only work under the flawed model of continuous growth, but at what cost? Unsustainability equates that polluters do not have to pay for their destruction, allowing the exploit of nature and people, which breeds nothing but a sense of meaninglessness. We as a civilization should be looking at re-framing, re-contextualizing and re-valuing what we already have, not coveting what we think we need.
Why aren’t we looking at the spirit of design, it’s functionality and sustainable efficiency? Imagine what could be done if we balanced economic and environmental efficiency; dematerialisation, the diversity of materials reduced to achieve savings in resource.
Could we all look at paying for a service rather than a product? For sure it would alleviate the supply and demand of resources needed for the individual, an idea proposed by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, and replace this capitalist mantra with a sense of sharing and community. Unfortunately, many services have now become markets to products they were meant to replace.
This is a fantastic website and I intend to take full advantage of it when I have some spare time. What if we could redesign everything? What if all design today is sustainable? WOW!!
Pick/choose 3 Sustainable Design Ideas within/close to our chosen practice Pathway: TEXTILE DESIGN