Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
The United Nations calls its 17 Sustainable Development Goals "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." With a target of achieving them by 2030, the goals are all interconnected and address the global challenges we face.
Goal 12 is "Responsible Consumption and Production." As the UN puts it: "Worldwide consumption and production – a driving force of the global economy – rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet."
This series includes stories of sisters at the forefront of sustainable living.
The Daughters of the Redeemer use produce grown on their 15 acres outside Chilanga, Zambia, to feed young students and vulnerable families, and have taken training in organic farming to villages in the area.
As one solution to the practice of cutting new trees for fuel every day — including the long and dangerous walks to access trees — a women's group in the Chikuni area of Zambia is using recycled paper as an alternative energy source.
Nearly 10,000 people living in eight villages in northwestern India have found new meaning in their lives after the intervention of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit in 2012. Through water projects, micro-loans, farming diversity and other means, the nuns not only checked migration to cities but also fought several social evils that subjugated women, such as child marriage.
Three congregations, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, Adrian Dominican Sisters and Sisters of the Humility of Mary, are charting toward a sustainable tomorrow by establishing goals that reduce greenhouse emissions and focus on sustainable energy. The sisters are applying principles such as permaculture to all aspects of community life.