We do not own the resources on our planet. We must ensure that we protect what we have today to ensure that the people of tomorrow can enjoy the same benefits that we have.
Someone once put it a little more eloquently with the oft-cited quote "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." We do not own “anything”, it’s just being passed down to us and we have to make sure that the same is forwarded to our children in order for them to prosper.
A 2010 article from Times of India focused upon the need for a sustainable tomorrow. It mentioned the need for promoting development in a sustainable manner. To achieve these goals, the article stated that there was great demand for development experts able to tackle the hurdles. Three years later, this demand is evermore prescient. Not only are we in need of innovative environmental leaders, we need specialised training courses addressing global development challenges.
The Global Sustainability Summer School 2013 in Potsdam, Germany aims to provide exactly that, addressing the issue of how to manage urbanisation in the face of energy transitions and climate change. Taking place in July, the two-week course is being organised by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), boasts no tuition fees and is also offering a handful of travel scholarship to deserving candidates.
Closer to home, Ecobuild India is hosting a two day conference next month tackling the questions surrounding a sustainable future for India. The event, titled "Beyond the Built Environment: Achieving India’s Sustainable Future", will look at how to balance India's housing needs with issues surrounding climate change.
The private sector also has the capacity to best serve the future needs of India’s people in a sustainable way. Mr. Saraswata Mohapatra in his essay on Sustainable Solutions By The Private Sector To India’s Problems mentions that "the Indian private sector, known for its resilience and entrepreneurship, is ideally placed to lead this movement and the government’s policies in this regard, although not adequate as of now, are at least encouraging and reflect the right intentions."
According to an article by EMBARQ India's Ashwin Prabhu, Indian cities face both a great challenge and a great opportunity – decisions about urban transport investments made today will have a significant impact on the next generation and beyond. According to Prabhu "if [Indian cities] are to remain vibrant and dynamic engines of economic growth while also providing a high quality of life for its citizens, they will need to develop transport systems that can provide affordable, safe and equitable access to the economic and social opportunities, minimise travel times, reduce local air pollution and also mitigate the growth of carbon emissions."
Mr. Surendra Kumar Gupta perhaps sums it up best in his paper on Strategies for Sustainable Development in India, stating that sustainable development is a vision and a way of thinking and acting so that we can secure the resources and environment for our future generation. "It will not be brought about by policies only" states Gupta, "it must be taken up by society at large as a principle guiding the manychoices each citizen makes every day, as well as the big political and economic decisions that affect many."
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial
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