Weathering the storm, protecting our future
Forest fires, extreme weather events, disappearing species, droughts and famines ... there seems to be no end to the catalogue of environmental disasters that are besetting our planet. They can leave us feeling powerless and overwhelmed, but there are solutions to conserve biodiversity and protect our environment without jeopardising our own survival.
Some of these solutions are the mission of member organisations of the Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA). What do these projects teach us? They show us that nature can survive and thrive despite the presence of humans. Or put another way, that we can protect the planet at the same time as safeguarding the means of subsistence and the future of human beings.
This is the essence of sustainability. According to the 1992 Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is about
‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ i.e. by degrading the environment to such an extent that earth would no longer be able to support human life.
By the same token, SDIA member projects are helping forward several of the environment-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 15 – Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
Let’s take a closer look at the battle for the environment in the Susila Dharma network.