Human consumption, production pattern and global growth

Goal 12 -  EnglishOur world needs a commitment to growth and sustainable development. One best way to go is for people to give serious thought to the way and how they consume available resources as well as their production pattern. In many ways, human consumption pattern does a lot of damage to the ecosystem. This is the same for many production processes and patterns.

Take for instance, production of gas for household use, not many countries have given adequate thought to the damage such process has to the environment especially when safety precautions are thrown to the wind.

In many developing Countries energy consumption has not been developed because there has not been established or required policy direction which will lead to efficient energy management through mass production of energy-efficient lightbulbs. Waste management is still a big issue in many settlements. Meanwhile resources that are being wasted in many countries are in short supply in others.

According to the United Nations, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year. If people worldwide switched to energy-efficient lightbulbs, the world would save US$120 billion annually. 

Water and other natural resources also require proper management. Used household water can also be recycled for human consumption instead of wasting such huge litter everyday as more than 1 billion people still do not have access to fresh water.

A sustained programme and process is required at different levels of the society if the world must continue to exist. It has been projected that the global population may reach 9.6 billion by 2050. The effect of this is that the world will require an equivalent of almost three planets to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

Ensuring responsible consumption and production pattern is goal 12 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 has been set as the target. Human growth and development may be a tall dream if this goal is overlooked. We must play our part. You want to learn more? Constantly visit this site as we provide answers to some of the issues. We encourage you also to share this information with your colleagues and send us a feedback; we value that.