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Climate Changes and Their Influence on Sustainable Development

13 January 2014, 14:39

The time in which people could say that the whole environment talk is blown out of proportion is behind us. Nature has made sure of that. If we look at climate changes in the last couple of years, we can realize the seriousness of the situation, without anyone pointing it out for us. Things are rapidly changing and not for the better. We are not talking about things in the future. It is here, every year, every season – we notice weather conditions that were considered extremely rare for the seasons in question just a decade before. People have stopped talking and started doing real work to protect their future and the future of their families by adapting to these changes. Things are far from satisfactory though.

The political initiative

While there have been some changes and some political attention in the last year, especially in the US, with the whole Climate Action Plan introduced by the president Barack Obama, which basically encompasses the things that the Federal Government can do to help the nation when a grave situation presents itself, we still haven’t seen any real political pressure on actually preventing the things that are worsening the situation. The thing that really pushed the US to take action concerning this particular issue was the losses they suffered in the past couple of years. The grand total of the damage costs caused by extreme weather conditions surpasses the sum of 1 billion dollars, not to mention the fact that more than 1,000 people lost their lives during these crises. Things are seriously changing around the world and we are bound to continue down this road, there is no doubt about that, but we need to make sure they stop at some point, otherwise our future and the future of our children isn’t looking very bright.

Sustainable development for a brighter future

On January 9th and 10th 2014 in New York, representatives of the government, the civil society, the scientific world and so on are meeting to discuss a way to address the climate changes and develop a long-term sustainable development plan. For those of you out there that are not familiar with the term – a sustainable development plan involves planning for ways to ensure that the human society gets all the necessary resources, while also preserving the environment, the eco-system we depend on and the natural resources we need in order to function properly, or at least that is what it aspires to do. This is collaboration on an international level and it does show a lot of promise. The primary goal is to establish Sustainable Development Goals that are going to be applicable on an international level and by every individual country. This international plan will be applied on a national level and will be a framework for managing educational, business, financial and energy issues when it comes to climate change, among other things.

Sustainable Architecture

This is probably one of the biggest issues when it comes to climate changes that have a destructive impact on our society, at least when everyday people are concerned. Hurricanes, tsunamis, ice storms, tornadoes are all things that we hear about every year and they are spreading. During these kinds of weather conditions, the people who lose their homes are the ones who are threatened the most. Architectural designs of the future need to be able to sustain a high level of climate punishment and be less costly to rebuild and renovate if need. The design also needs to be environmentally friendly as well, in terms of energy preservation, material use and long term impact on the environment. This kind of architectural designs can help create homes that are cheap, reliable, easily rebuilt and healthier to live in.

An unavoidable task

We need to wake up and get serious. Things are getting worse every year and social, financial and human casualties are getting more serious. The vastness of the climate changes is getting harder and harder to manage every year and if we don’t pay attention, we put everyone at risk and in this we are all at risk, no matter the class, nation, religion or whatever diversity you might to prefer to define yourself. Nobody is safe and we need to understand that, the longer we wait, we are putting ourselves to greater risk. 

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