The term sustainability (wikipedia) seems to be little bit worn out. Just a few words about what we mean in this context.

  • To treat the earth and its living beings so gently that the following generations will find no wasteland.
  • To remove the focus away from one’s own needs to such an extent that a wider view, a long-term oriented view gets a chance, similar to the parents who bridle their needs in favour of caring for their children out of love and affection.
  • To prevent focussing huge amounts of small details instead of concentrating on the major interrelations
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UN Millennium Development Goals

1. fighting poverty and hunger (including full employment in decent work for all).

2. primary education for all and 3. gender equality / empowerment of women

4. reducing child mortality and 5./6. improving health services


6. combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases

7. environmental sustainability (e.g. reducing the destruction of environmental resources, reducing the loss of biodiversity, providing access to clean water).

8. building a global partnership for development

If that is too vague for you now and the well-known Goethe quote comes to mind, you are welcome to venture a few deeper insights into daily practice.

Valuable agriculture, protection of the soil from erosion by wind and water, conservation of water reserves and a shift to renewable energies would be well worth a detour.

There is certainly still a lot to do, but in the beginning it usually takes a courageous decision and a first step.

The message I hear loud and clear,

Alas, I still lack the faith.

J.W. Goethe, Faust I