BY: Bharat Vardhan Reddy Ambati, Grade 10 Student

The widely known issue of climate change has made several individuals and organisations realise the devastating impact that human activities have on the environment and our sustainability. I realised that sustainability revolves around three big pillars: economic, social, and environmental.

A sustainable economy is strong and fair and can weather challenges and adapt to the future. Sustainability—economically—involves making smart investments in renewable resources and innovative technology, promoting efficient resource use, and abandoning wasteful practices that help in the economic growth of a region; this includes the development of governmental organisations and the public. It is also important to set up financial systems that can thrive without harming the well-being of future generations. This is a key part of ensuring that our economy grows and lasts over time.

Whereas, the social aspect of sustainability focuses on building communities that are both inclusive and diverse, including, ensuring access to healthcare, education, affordable housing, and social services so that everyone has what they need. Social sustainability also focuses on fair and just treatment of every member of society, encouraging cooperation among people including societies with diverse and contradicting opinions.

Lastly, taking care of our environment is a crucial part of making our world a sustainable place. Environmental sustainability is all about being responsible individuals for our natural resources and trying to lessen the harm we do to the environment. It includes fighting problems such as climate change, trying ways to cut down on pollution, reducing carbon emissions, protecting plant and animal species and using resources wisely. Environmental sustainability–among others–is severely important to ensure that the Earth remains a suitable place for people to live now and in the future.

Sustainability isn’t just a choice; it’s a responsibility that we all share. By working together and making sustainable choices in our daily lives, we can pave the way for a better future for ourselves and generations to come. Making small changes or a business or government implementing large-scale initiatives, is part of the journey toward sustainability, making it a collective effort; it’s worth every step.