Soon more than 9 billion people will share our planet. Increasing demands for food, water, energy and infrastructure are pushing nature to its limits. And the impacts of climate change are touching down everywhere we look.
Against this backdrop, our scientists recently took a hard look at whether we really can have it all—a future where people get the food, energy and economic growth they need without sacrificing nature.
The answer is “yes”—but only if we do things right.
What emerged from our analysis was a set of key challenges facing people and nature that we must address to achieve that vision. First, we need to address climate change once and for all. Second, we need to increase food production while freezing agricultural expansion and keeping global fisheries healthy. And third, we need to focus on cities—helping them grow sustainably while maintaining healthy lands and waters.
World economic growth over the past 75 years has been bankrolled by the unsustainable use of non-renewable resources, by the destruction of biological diversity and by the emission of greenhouse gases that have triggered global environmental crises while also increasing the gaps between rich and poor. Over the last seven decades, global system of production and consumption has exploited renewable and non-renewable resources with unparalleled intensity and expansion. Ecosystems are being disfigured, altered and destroyed at a previously unimaginable pace, while the demand for food, drinking water, wood, minerals, cement, energy and so forth expands in an unsustainable manner.
Arguably, the environmental crisis can be seen as a crisis of human consciousness which is to be developed to a level of ‘humane consciousness’. The Humane perspective suggests that only reducing the inner pollution in peoples’ minds could reduce natural pollution. Therefore, the key to the solutions of environmental problems lies in the humane values derived from a developed human mind. No doubt, a humanistic understanding of our indispensable relationship with the environment can play a crucial role in environmental protection. And for such understanding we need to enter in the realm of human responsibility and to come out of the realm of endless greed and desire for the limitless materialistic gains that invariably lead to the destruction of the environment. To mitigate the adverse effects of such a phenomenon, the humane concepts of good deeds and harmonious coexistence of all living things on earth needs to be reinstated in people’s mind.
Green Living Association
Green Living Association (GLA) is a non-governmental – non-profit organization and partner of the Cleanup the World and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) working in making the planet Cleaner and Greener. GLA is working to raise awareness about Environmental Conservation and to extend practical Environmental Education to all societal segments in Pakistan. Green Living Association was formed in 2007 as a research based initiative to educate people about Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development by involving them to innovative and inspirational practical activities based on humane values.
GLA and UN Sustainable Development Goal
Green Living Association (GLA) is successfully contributing its part to achieve all UN Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan. We are specifically focusing the Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water, Goal 15: Life on Land and GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Education as UN Sustainable Development Goal
To achieve the UN goal of education, the successive governments of Pakistan tried to improve the literacy rate in the country which is recorded 58 percent in comparison to 91 percent in rest of the developing countries. The government official statistics show that the total number of enrollments at national level during FY2016-17 reached at 48.062 million.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. And quality education should focus the development of whole personality instead of focusing just financial gains by competing the fellow human beings. GLA is using research based innovative ways to provide quality education to all societal segments through the Kids’ Action. We believe, in addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip people with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Green Living Association runs modern Environmental Education campaigns especially for the schools’ students and generally for all segments of society by arranging innovative, colourful and interactive activities. The focus of our campaigns and activities is to inspire human inner potential to contribute selflessly in the achievement of UN Sustainable Goals in order to make an Environment Friendly and Sustainable society. We call each Green Angel (the participating student of an activity) a Winner and offer him/ her recognition. Besides presenting the prizes like abroad study trips, lucrative cash prizes, laptops, desktop computers, LED Monitors, smart electronic devices and gifts of practical nature to the prominent performers, GLA offers at least one recognition to each participant of an activity in making it colourful and striking venture for the participants.
The focus of Green Living Association is to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals by providing practical environmental education to all segments of society in bringing sustainability to people’s lives and lifestyles. Under its first 5-yearly campaign ‘Kids’ Action to Restore Environment’ (KARE 2007-11), GLA reached to 75,000 Pakistani families in association with our Green Partner schools. Under its second 5-yearly practical campaign ‘Collective Action to Restore Environment’ (CARE 2012-16), GLA successfully raised the figure to well above 200,000 families across the nation. Under its third 5-yearly campaign ‘Collective Action to address Climate Change’ (CATCH 2017-21) GLA aims at reaching to each Pakistani with a message of environmental conservation in association with the Green Partner institutes and print/ electronic media.
Let’s join hands and contribute our parts in making an environment friendly Pakistani society and a pollution free planet. Together we share vision, hope, and action in transforming this vision into reality.