This goal aims to foster eco-friendly production, reduce waste and boost recycling.
Not too long ago, The Lorax, a book by Dr. Seuss, warned the world about the dangers of unsustainable production and consumption patterns. The colorful children’s book tells the story about a boy who, living in a walled town where people pay for clean air, goes on a quest for answers on how his town’s demise came to be. What little Ted found is not too different from what is happening today: natural resources are being used at a higher pace than they can be restored and mankind is producing more things than it can possibly consume. Sustainable consumption and production patterns are in order to, if not fix, at least diminish the adverse effects mankind’s toxic practices have had on the environment.
The implementation of sustainable consumption and production promotes resource and energy efficiency, as well as the development of resilient, sustainable infrastructure, access to basic services and the creation of quality jobs that do not harm the environment. Sustainable consumption and production are also about battling the consumerism ingrained in current-day society. As put by this UN post, it’s about “doing more and better with less”. Global Goal 12, cited below, encompasses a series of targets that comprise a sustainable consumption and production plan for the world, set to be achieved by 2030.
Global Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production patterns - Photo Credit: GlobalGoals.org
Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries.
The targets mentioned above can be achieved if the following general guidelines are implemented by the global community:
Certain sustainable consumption and production strategies are already being implemented. For example, France passed a law earlier this year that forbids food waste by supermarkets, which are bonded by law to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Also, Beijing has built over 1,000 water conservation facilities.