Sustainable development or sustainability is very popular terms nowadays. Sustainability means that things can keep going, that they can sustain themselves and continue into the future! More emphasis is being made on teaching about sustainable development in schools (which is good because the students are our future) However it's time to take more concrete actions that will ensure that the world as we know it can carry on in the future!
The current world population is estimated to be around 7 billion! That is the highest it has ever been. In 2008 China, India and the USA on their own had a population of around 2,777 billion and the numbers are expected to continue increasing! This cannot go on. The Earth's carrying capacity has been exceeded! Before the industrial revolution (1800's) the world population was around 1 billion, however by the year 2000 the population had already reached 6 billion and by 2012 it increased by another billion! This cannot go on because we will reach a point where the demand (people wanting food and resources) will exceed the supply (thing we have to eat).
If you look at it from a different perspective you might think that we reached that point a long time ago and we are tackling the problem by giving the resources to 'rich' countries and leaving the poor starve to death! Our current way of life isn't sustainable! Consumerism, mass production, environmental degradation, financial slavery.... none of that is sustainable! For decades we have been degrading the environment for our own greedy reasons (Mainly to make money!) Now we have reached a point where we are running out of resources!
For many years humans have been fighting each other to gain more territories/resources. War itself needs many resources and after many of which are wasted in bloodshed, then a 'winner' emerges! He claims the territory and its resources and then use them for his own greedy purposes! Not even the people who paid for that war (from their taxes) will benefit from those resources because they would still have to work hard to be able to afford to buy them! Many innocent soldiers die for these greedy purposes that ultimately only benefit the ultra rich! All of this could have been prevented if we only SHARED instead of exploit and impose!!
It's time to realize that our way of life is seriously damaging our own existence. Are we really better off than the people who lived before the industrial revolution? It's true we own more material things but we are also slaves. Our lives are dedicated to make money! We destroyed beautiful parts of the world to instead build ugly cities that will generate more money.... We are living for money! One day when we are on our death bed we will realize that we forgot one thing.... TO LIVE!
Pollution (Air, noise, aesthetic), stress, financial slavery, global warming, diseases like asthma... they are all products of our current unsustainable way of life!! We need to start respecting the environment! The Earth is one big organism and since we are part of that same organism, we are damaging ourselves with our way of life! We need to remove money from the top priority!
Remember that it's not Muslims vs. Jews, Christians vs. Atheists, USA vs. Terrorism, not even about Men vs. Women, Religion vs. Science, Truth vs. Lies..... It is just about PROFIT vs. HUMANITY!!