Sustainable Development Goals: “better model for the future” (Part 1)

Pia Hettinger (PH): Marc, you are an advocate for the SDGs. How do you get that title?

PH: What does it take to become an advocate for the SDGs?

  1. He must understand economic systems in depth. It is important that he not only knows the prevailing models, but also the possible alternatives. As an example, I would like to mention Hermann Daly or Tim Jackson, two economists who have worked on the question of what an economy without growth looks like that is also ecological. I would say ecological economics is the best.
  2. He has to know about sustainable innovation. By that I don’t just mean developing a nutrition app, but innovations with the purpose of solving real problems — like a cure for malaria. With its certification system the DGNB currently offers the best standard that exists in the world for building. These are tools that solve problems. We need to use these now. Because everything is developing so fast, and we are slow as a snail because we are only debating.
  3. He must be a futurist! I must be able to imagine well what the future can look like. Then it’s a matter of creating a roadmap for that future. For example, scientists set the 2-degree target and then ran through thousands of scenarios of what needs to be done to reach that target. Then, at the last minute, they agreed on the 1.5˚C target at COP21 in Paris.

PH: Let’s move on to the SDGs: who do they apply to?

PH: That means they are purely intrinsically motivated. Or are there also obligations?

PH: The SDGs are easy to read and understand at first glance. No one would dispute that ending poverty is important. But isn’t there more to it than that?

PH: There is, after all, the so-called Wedding Cake model — a hierarchical reading of the SDGs….

PH: What are the limits of the goals?

by Pia Hettinger

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Marc Buckley is on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within planetary boundaries.

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