While the environment plays a significant role in our lives by providing us with essential resources such as water, food, air, and shelter, there are many reasons why people don’t act on its conservation.
For example, people might be far in rural areas and lack access to modern alternatives to fuelwood such as natural gas or electricity, hence cutting down the forests nearby. Or they might require knowledge of the role of those alternatives because no one has explained that to them.
On the other hand, they might know and have access to all conservation options and alternatives but lack the care, the reason, the motivation, the benefit. They might also be lazy. Not taking action is a combination of culture, habits, knowledge, and access.
So the question is how to raise our economic, social, and technological development in a way that keeps our environment sane.
What comes first: poverty alleviation or environmental conservation? Development or Sustainability? And once one has achieved growth, how easy or hard is it to achieve sustainability? What are the challenges and opportunities available out there?
Last year, I participated in a course: The age of Sustainable Development. It is an enriching course that I recommend everyone to attend, regardless of their pursuit and endeavors. It is a course that explains, with deep thought and evidence, how possible it is to end poverty- especially extreme poverty- by 2030 and achieve environmental sustainability through combined support, innovation, and hardworking.
If you’re looking for skills and knowledge in sustainable development, please enroll in this course. I have also bought a copy of the book -the same title-if you want to go deeper. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow it.
And if you still feel reluctant or not sure how to engage with sustainable development, I recommend you read this Lazy Person’s Guide to Save the World.