Together, we can do this!

 We need to reconnect with nature, to live sustainably, within the planetary boundaries. 

We need to reconnect with nature, to live sustainably, within the planetary boundaries. 

challenges and opportunities

We cannot carry on like this. Business as usual is not an option. We face huge challenges:

  1. Climate change
  2. Decline in the productivity of natural ecosystems and the loss of biodiversity

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride. Take a little time to see how we got here and, more importantly, how we can take opportunities to move forward more sustainably.

These are serious issues, made worse by global population growth. They demand action.

Fortunately, we're an ingenious lot - there's much that we can do. It requires us to be brave, imaginative and committed. It's going to take bold leadership, as well as individual and collective action from influential companies and investors, if we are to continue to make progress in delivering the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

We need to commit to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions - to 'decarbonise' our lives

We need to reduce demand on natural resources, to avoid degrading the capital reserves on which we depend

We need to ensure greater social equality, to eradicate poverty and achieve social justice

These sound daunting, right? And yet there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, not least due to the growing adoption of sustainable design and technology. Optimising existing products and infrastructure through upgrades, retrofitting or re-engineering is one option; although it is impossible to change current systems to the extent required just be adding new elements to the system. Instead, we need to embrace innovation: the practical application of inventions into the marketplace.

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Yes, it's challenging, but there are reasons to be optimistic!