The SDG and United Nations Day

On United Nations’ Day, October 24th, we bring you a little bit of history for you to understand how the sustainability concepts have been evolving and joining more and more active voices of change.

If the concepts of Limits to Grow, (Sustainomics) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aren’t familiar, stay a little longer.

Club of Rome and “Limits To Growth” - 1968

It was the year 1968 when Aurelio Peccei, David Rockefeller and Alexander King founded the Club of Rome. They brought together current and former statesmen from all over the world, UN representatives, scientists and businessmen to look at the world from a global perspective, and anticipate its evolution as well as its problems.

Sustainable Development Goals - Club of Rome's Fist Official Meeting

As their mission was abstract, an MIT team led by Jay Forrester needed 4 years to develop a competent computer model (World3).

In order to predict the limits of human growth, this model calculated the interaction of 5 variables: population growth, agricultural production, depletion of non-renewable resources, industrial production and pollution generated.

With different hypotheses of sceneries, it predicted in two of them the depletion of resources in 100 years. The publication of the results at the non-technical report “Limits To Growth” sold over 16 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book resisted time and criticism keeping its position as a classic for its message:

“Man can create a society in which he can live indefinitely on earth if he imposes limits on himself and his production of material goods to achieve a state of global equilibrium with population and production in carefully selected balance.”

Professor Mohan Munasinghe and Sustainomics - 1992

Professor Mohan Munasinghe, who has joined UN Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), developed the Sustainomics concept presented at the 1992 conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Sustainomics is a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on sustainable development in the Economy, Society and Environment triad.

Sustainable Development Goals - Professor Munasinghe's Economy-Society-Environment Triad

The concept and its application in several countries and organizations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize for Climate Change in 2007. He remains very active in advocating for a more active participation of society and industry in sustainable development to influence politicians.

In Portugal, in addition to being Planetiers ambassador, he has been working very closely to Guimarães and Oporto in their responsible commitment, as you can see at Climate Change Leadership Porto 2018.

Professor Mohan proposed the 8 Development Goals for the Millennium in 2000, which became the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015 for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

What is SDG?

We couldn’t let this day pass and not talk about the SDG - Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 SDG are a global commitment to create a sustainable development model that aims to fight climate change, protect the environment and reduce territorial and societal inequalities through education, fair jobs and widespread access to essential infrastructures such as water and energy.

Does Planetiers represent any of the SDG?

As a sustainable online marketplace, Planetiers implements directly the 12th SDG, Sustainable Consumption and Production, through curatorship of responsible producers and sustainable products.

As a sustainable movement, we participate in awareness-raising activities and regularly post good practices on our blog, classifying our content according to the most appropriate SDG.

What about you? Which Sustainable Development Goal do you support the most? Use the form below and tell us which cause you most identify with ;)

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