Sustainability starts with each one of us

In recent weeks we have received a large amount of news, announcements, announcements, etc. of various national and international companies, governments and organizations, joining the fight against climate change, establishing ambitious commitments by 2030 or 2050 to become “net zero” and in general reaffirming their commitment to sustainable development, and although This may not be enough, it is a great sign that not only the economy, the markets, or the institutions should move there, but also the education and awareness of the people.

And it is that in the end, those who make up the companies, government agencies or civil society organizations, we are people, and in our hands, or rather, in our decisions and actions is where the true power of making a profound and significant change towards the sustainability of our planet, in its social, environmental and economic dimensions.

It is through the purchasing decisions of consumers, the investment decisions of investors or the support or voting decisions of citizens that organizations can be pressured to adopt a much more responsible act with the environment and society, having sustainable development as a common goal.

For some, it may seem that their decisions or actions individually have a very small or limited impact, however the sum of all of them is what can generate great changes or transformations when viewed from the collective; But for this, a conscience is required that guides us to take those actions in favor of the common good, based on a firm commitment to it, which it is necessary to instill and develop through training on these issues at various educational levels, but also from home, from work and from the communities of which we are part.

Since 2015, with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an action plan was established for 2030 focused on people, the planet and prosperity that requires the alliances of the different sectors to achieve a context of peace; However, it is important not to neglect the active role and assume the co-responsibility that each of us must have individually, to contribute to the advancement and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in said initiative.

Here is the invitation that together, together, we can also reinforce and promote education for sustainable development, as a fundamental element and trigger for the construction of more just, equitable and inclusive organizations and communities, based on a cultural change focused on dignity of the person.

Practically starting with the Christmas season and a few weeks before the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect and begin to consider the purposes for 2022, in which hopefully we can include knowing more about sustainable development, actively getting involved in initiatives that are aligned to this, and as far as possible, consider social and environmental issues in our decisions and actions.

* The author is Director of the IDEARSE Center of the Universidad Anáhuac México.

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