Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
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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.
Sisters' community-supported agriculture farms allow congregations to live out their values. They also model a just transition toward a more eco-friendly approach to producing and sharing food and providing alternative to mass-produced, profit-driven corporations.
If investments are part of a congregation's charism, then those investments should not harm the Earth, and should actively improve it, attendees heard at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes conference.
As participants at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, discuss ways to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis, places like North Dakota are grappling with how to handle the effects of an oil boom while laying the groundwork to tap other forms of energy.