top of page

What is sustainability?

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Sustainability reminds us there’s another way of doing things. We can progress as a society while caring for the environment, seeking social justice and creating economic value. Below, we explain the ins and outs of this revolutionary concept.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is concerned with protecting the planet, halting climate change and promoting social development, without endangering life on Earth or leaving anyone behind. This concept seeks to cover our present needs without compromising resources for future generations.

But what does this mean? Well, the aim is to find out how to sustain our way of living over an undetermined period of time. Because, today, our way of living is unsustainable.

“Protecting the planet, halting climate change and promoting social development”

We consume many more resources than we should do. And this means that, as well as pressurizing the planet’s biodiversity, we generate more waste and emissions. The result? Rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, increasing global warming, and greater exposure to the worst effects of climate change.

The 3 pillars of sustainability

This is the path governments, corporations and other institutions are following in an attempt to achieve the sustainability targets. How? By fulfilling, simultaneously, the three essential pillars: environmental protection, social development and economic growth.


Sustainability implies assuming that nature and the environment are not an inexhaustible source of recourses, but subject to protection and rational use.

Factors like environmental conservation, a commitment to renewable energy, saving water, incentivizing mobility, sustainable fashion, innovation in construction and sustainable architecture, all contribute to achieving environmental sustainability from various angles. Actions we can undertake in our daily routines, related to the decisions we take for our lives as a whole.


At the social level, sustainability promotes social development, while seeking cohesion among communities and cultures to reach satisfactory levels of quality of life, healthcare and education. The fight for gender equality is another aspect which will determine social sustainability actions over the years to come.


Thirdly, sustainability also drives economic growth, generating equitable wealth for everyone without harming the environment.

This pillar includes all kinds of activities - from finance to agriculture, tourism to industry, etc. Investment, and equal distribution of economic resources, will allow development under the other sustainability pillars to be maximized across the board.

Environmental, social and economic sustainability are, as such, closely related. Many of the challenges humans face, like climate change and water scarcity, can only be resolved at the global level and by promoting sustainable development.

Now you know the ins and outs of sustainability, remember: Act in the present, think of the future.

Find out more about sustainable development and the Global Objectives, article source:

21 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page