Global Sustainability: Social And Climate Change In The United Nations

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The idea of sustainability is heavily contested amongst different groups of people for a multitude of reasons. It is generally accepted that sustainability consists of three factors that contribute to an ideal society: financial, environmental and social stability. However, on a larger scale, it is often not considered by governments and other decision makers, who focus on sustainability of their own people almost exclusively, while letting other communities suffer. Often, this involves prioritizing social and financial stability, while neglecting the environmental aspect. The effect of this view is seen in disadvantaged communities that are suffering the consequences of our disregard for global sustainability. People of smaller island nations …show more content…
For example, the United Nations have a series of agreements, such as the Kyoto protocol, which are aimed at reducing emissions of developed countries, and also have had similar treaties and conferences since 1972. Although many countries, such as Australia and Canada, have failed to reach their targets for the Kyoto protocol from 1990-2012, many others, namely Ukraine, Latvia and the United Kingdom were successful in reaching their targets. These successes, no matter how small, are significant, as they put climate change on the agenda for governments, and have people uniting over a safe climate future and shifting the focus of sustainability from purely economic and social, to an equal combination of all three aspects. This mind shift, from a national, to a global focus is important in battling climate change and achieving sustainability, as well as a more accepting and cohesive global community. This is not the only way that the United Nations are enabling governments to act on climate change. The scientific evidence that they provide allow decisions to be made that reflect the best interest of the planet and their other research goes towards sustainable technologies that can be implemented to decrease a country’s carbon footprint. It is not only the United Nations taking action on the issue, but also, those who are being directly influenced by climate change. The Pacific Climate Warriors are a group of young people who recently built a fleet of canoes and traveled to Australia to convey an important message: that “[They] are not drowning, [they] are fighting”. Fighting for sustainability, and for their future. Although their perception of sustainability would vary greatly from the average Australian and to the government, through

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