Sustainability 101: An Overview of the Concept

Sürdürülebilirlik 101: Kavrama Genel Bir Bakış

A sustainable world, future, habits, technologies, social equality, fashion...

A word that is frequently mentioned in almost all areas concerning the planet: sustainability. To what extent can we practically adapt this word, which has easily gained a place in daily speech, to our lives?

How many of us know about sustainability?

Let's talk a little bit.

By nature, we need many things from the moment we are born. We turn to certain resources to meet these needs. While we benefit endlessly from the resources we have, we usually do not think about the possibility that these resources may one day run out. We didn't think!

This is where the concept of sustainability gains importance in our lives. So how?

What is sustainability?

Sustainability in its simplest form; It means meeting our needs today without endangering them, while considering that future generations may also have these needs. So don't be selfish, care about ecological balance, protect it.

History of the Concept

The concept entered our lives at the end of the 19th century, with the results of the Industrial Revolution.

Using the existing resources as if there is no tomorrow, along with the changing production process after industrialization, increasing energy needs and population, causes resources to be depleted. Non-renewable natural resources such as oil and coal are beginning to be used. The development of the industrial sector weakens the agriculture-based economy. Air, water and soil are polluted, and when biodiversity gets its share of all these, desertification and soil losses begin. Sustainability comes to the agenda for the first time in the Report of the World Environment Conference held in Stockholm in 1972.

It reached its current definition with the report titled "Our Common Future" published by the United Nations in 1983 and found a place in the world development agenda.

Because; After all the efforts to raise living standards that come with industrialization, many countries continue to struggle with poverty, promises do not bring long-term prosperity, and a balance needs to be struck with the environment.

When it was understood that development could not be achieved only through economic growth, "sustainable development" entered the literature. In order to increase the level of welfare through sustainable development, in addition to economic growth, objectives such as social equality, natural environment, gender equality, education, health, production and responsible consumption are also beginning to be taken into consideration.

For those who want to review, we have added the link to the " References " section where you can find the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Today, sustainability is a holistic concept with environmental, economic and social dimensions, although it is often reduced to protecting the environment and other dimensions are ignored.

Sustainable development can only be achieved when environmental protection, economic growth and social development are managed in a balanced manner.

Last word

As living beings, we all interact with each other and with inanimate beings, we are related to each other. We did not want what we know to remain secret in the huge ecosystem where we are together with invisible ties. We developed Kiklou. 1 With Kiklou menstrual panties, you can prevent the negative effects of disposable menstrual products on the environment and your body. You can prevent an average of 200 disposable products from becoming plastic waste. We work for sustainable menstruation, for our future.

With the verses of Turgut Uyar to those who do not think about their future; Do not disturb our balance!

Source:
https://www.tr.undp.org/content/turkey/tr/home/sustainable-development-goals.html
https://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/files/sustainability/what-is-sustainability.pdf
https://ekolojist.net/surdurulilirlik-nedir/


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