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Environmental sustainability is important for the wellbeing of current and future generations.

Preserving resources like clean air, water and wildlife is the aim of Environmental sustainability. Humanity should respect the boundaries that maintain sustainability, despite humans’ disconnection from the basic functioning of the planet.

“Our current economic activity ignores these boundaries,” Weinstein said.

One thing is clear: environmental sustainability is vital because human survival depends on it.

So, how can you help achieve sustainability? The UN offers 17 goals for sustainable development that act as the path to achieving a more sustainable future. These goals address global challenges like:

  • Clean water and sanitation: Such as learning to avoid wasting water.
  • Climate action: Acting now to stop global warming.
  • Life below water: Avoiding the use of plastic bags to keep the oceans clean.
  • Life on land: Planting trees to help protect the environment.
  • Responsible consumption and production: Recycling items such as paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum.
  • Sustainable cities and communities: Biking, walking, or using public transportation.


Towards a greener and more sustainable Europe.

EU citizens benefit from some of the highest environmental standards in the world. The EU and national governments have set clear objectives to guide European environment policy until 2020 and a vision beyond that, of where to be by 2050, with the support of dedicated research programs, legislation and funding: protect, conserve and enhance the EU’s natural capital, turn the EU into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy, safeguard EU citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing. Work is ongoing on many fronts to protect the EU’s endangered species and natural areas, ensure safe drinking and bathing water, improve air quality and waste management, and reduce the effects of harmful chemicals. Environmental protection and innovation help to create new business and employment opportunities, which stimulate further investment. Green growth is at the heart of EU policy to ensure that Europe’s economic growth is environmentally sustainable. The EU also plays a key role in promoting sustainable development at a global level.