GOAL 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Information sourced from the UN SDGs |  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

WHAT IS IT

Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet. Over the last century, economic and social progress has been accompanied by environmental degradation that is endangering the very systems on which our future development — indeed, our very survival — depends. Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices.

TARGETS

12.1 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 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources 12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse 12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle 12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities 12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature 12.A Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production 12.B Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products 12.C Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

COVID EFFECTS

The COVID-19 pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future.

CLIMATE COST

Changes in consumption and production patterns can help promote decoupling of economic growth and human well-being from resource use and environmental impacts. It can also trigger the transformations envisaged by global commitments on biodiversity, climate and sustainable development at large.

LIFESTYLE EFFECTS

 It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

WHAT CAN YOU DO

Sustainable spending

Purchase environmental-friendly products or buy fewer luxury goods.

Re-use, Recycle, Redo

Recycle or DIY old items into new functional usage.

Take humanitarian Action

Donate or volunteer with social organizations or programs that help people with disabilities, mental health issues and medical treatment.

Redistribution of items or food that you don’t need to people who are in need in your community.

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WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING

To waste or not waste: Sustainable consumption or sustainable mindset. | Eva Pongrácz | TEDxOulu

Waste is linked to prosperity. In essence, this means that when we have money, we can afford to throw things away. Currently, it seems the only limit to our consumption is our budget. Not because there was a limitless supply of resources, but because we can afford to consume even in excess. Ever wondered why our consumption habits became so wasteful? Are we truly so rich, that we can afford to waste things? Eva will explain what waste really is and what are the reasons of wastage. She will argue that we can only avoid wastage if we understand why we waste in the first place. She believes everybody matters, and we can all be agents of change, if we embrace a sustainable mindset. Eva Pongrácz is professor of energy systems and environmental engineering at the University of Oulu. Her work involves research, teaching and student advising in sustainable energy, waste management and circular economy.

The Sustainable Packaging Revolution - A Documentary by Jabil

This short documentary explores the race to develop new solutions that drive a more sustainable approach to packaging. While materials roadblocks have been the most difficult challenges to overcome in sustainable packaging initiatives, the industry is at a tipping point. Sharing insights and perspectives from leading material technology suppliers about this dynamic environment, the documentary illuminates how these new advances will move the industry closer toward a circular economy. Learn more about Jabil’s sustainable packaging solutions: https://go.jabil.com/l/700973/2019-06...

Sustainable Food: Let's Start a Revolution! | Gerardo Urbina | TEDxNagoyaU

"Which one creates more greenhouse gas, transportation or animal production? Gerardo Urbina gave his answer based on some data and facts. He talked about his reason why and how he decided to be a vegan. He also indicated the possibility to make a food revolution by science and technology. Gerardo Urbina from the Republic of El Salvador is an international student of Nagoya University. Through communicating with some students from various cultures and backgrounds at Nagoya University, he thought about the vegetarian lifestyle and decided to practice it. At first, he sympathized with it from an ethical perspective. However, it hit him to reconsider food industry from a vegetarian point of view."

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