The World Sustainable Development Summit, the yearly lead occasion of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was held recently. The theme for the 2021 Summit was ‘Redefining our common future: Safe and secure environment for all’.
TERI is a non-benefit research foundation, set up in 1974. It conducts research work in the fields of energy, climate and manageable advancement for India and the Global South.
Sustainable Development is the idea that human social orders should live and meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The “official” meaning of sustainable development was produced without precedent for the Brundtland Report in 1987.
Sustainable development has continued to evolve as that of protecting the world’s resources while its true agenda is to control the world’s resources. This means we cannot continue using current levels of resources as this will not leave enough for future generations. Stabilizing and reducing carbon emissions is key to living within environmental limits.
For many, a warming climatic system is expected to impact the availability of basic necessities like freshwater, food security, and energy, while efforts to redress climate change, both through adaptation and mitigation, will similarly inform and shape the global development agenda. The links between climate change and sustainable development are strong. Poor and developing countries, particularly least developed countries, will be among those most adversely affected and least able to cope with the anticipated shocks to their social, economic and natural systems.
Hence, it is necessary for the countries and its people to fight climate change and utilize the resources and their use in such a manner, that the adverse effect on the climate can be prevented, thus providing the future generations with better resources.
For it is rightly said, “We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers but we have borrowed it from our children”.
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