Towards sustainable development: Global targets for a sustainable use of natural resources

It is widely recognized, that the availability of natural resources as well as the absorption capacities of our planet are limited. At the same time, the issue of equal access for people and economies all over the world to resources is gaining growing attention. Worldwide sustainable development will be closely linked to our ability to limit the use of natural resources within natural boundaries of our planet. In many countries the contribution of natural resources extraction is crucial to progress in macroeconomic policies, such as monetary and external debt balances, as well as in social policies aiming at food security or poverty alleviation. But resource extractive and especially mining activities also led to an increasing number of social and environmental conflicts all over the world. The safe and fair use of natural resources on the global level will have to be essential part of a positive vision of our future as humanity (O´Brien et al 2014), a notion which is also being reflected in the ongoing negotiation process of the future Sustainable Development Goals. In this brief we argue for the elaboration of scientifically derived suggestions for global resource targets as an important building element for sustainable and resilient societies, discuss the need for further differentiations and highlight the main environmental, social, economic and political aspects and implications.

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3 thoughts on “Towards sustainable development: Global targets for a sustainable use of natural resources

  1. sasrai-Movement

    sasrai – combat the Climate Change, Global Warming, Poverty, Hunger, Disaster
    sasrai – Ensure Peace, Justice, Dignity and Rights for Each
    Scientist Opine
     We have already crossed four “planetary boundaries.” They are the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean. Scientist shown human activities — economic growth, technology, consumption — are destabilizing the global environment,”
     “Human security will be progressively threatened as the climate changes,” the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) warned in its overview report. The Pentagon agrees. “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and conflict,”
     Scientists estimate that humans will consume twice as many resources as the planet can support by 2050. At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings.
     Africa Will Starve and Asia Will Drown in 30 Years Due to Climate Change
     People in Asia and the Pacific are four times more likely to be affected by natural disaster than in Africa and 25 times more than in Europe or North America?
     Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050
     15 Cities Threatened by Climate Change
     The World Bank alarm bells are just the latest to sound about the the havoc climate change and man-made global warming will cause to the planet.
     The World Health Organization predicts that climate change will cause 250,000 additional deaths per year around the globe between 2030 and 2050, primarily from malaria, diarrhea, heat exposure and malnutrition.
     Humanity in need of Climate Responsible Community, Climate Compatible Development
     We must get Each baby Caring to Each particle of Food
     sasrai Living for Healthy Soils that Ensure Healthy Life

  2. sasrai-Movement

    Mainstreaming the `sasrai’ theme in every development step
    If we don’t smarten up in consumption, scientists estimate that humans will consume twice as many resources as the planet can support by 2050. The consequences grow more and more severe as forests shrink, water becomes scarcer, arable lands diminish, and the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere approaches a deadly point of no return.

    1. sasrai-Movement

      Absolute truth for today’s world careless consumption driving untenable production that driving changes in temperature and weather patterns and that’s the Hotter and Hungry World. Hungry world will contribute millions of desperate people. Desperate people do desperate things: They riot, they fight over food, they overthrow governments, and the mass migrate to food-secure countries.


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