Sustainability – fixing the world for everyone, not just people. Interview with Professor Thomas Aiello of Valdosta State University

SDGs are not something that just affects individual humans or even other species – in also affects individual animals, just like us. Sustainable development, in that way, means to remember all of the victims of the things we created and to fix them for everybody, not just humans. We are the bad guys in this story – and there are plenty of good guys in it who what nothing to do with that and with our destructive behaviour. Forgetting them is for me something that we simply cannot do.


An interview with Professor Beata Grobelna, the Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, at the University of Gdańsk

Both the University of Gdańsk and university teachers from the Faculty of Chemistry have an important role to play in sharing knowledge and engaging in local and international outreach. Our actions aim at raising awareness of, and communicating knowledge about, issues related to multidimensional impacts on the environment and society. Reliable, science-based and comprehensible information is provided to children, young people, and adults with already established opinions.


Sustainable development is a development concept that responds to technological progress, the ecological crisis and green ideas of the second half of the 1960s. Its most well-known definition was formulated by the United Nations World Commission for Environment and Development in 1987. According to this, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. As a goal of global politics, the concept of sustainable development was adopted by almost all countries of the world during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 in the form of Agenda 21. In 2015, UN member states unanimously adopted the currently binding and implemented resolution Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was defined as the World Development Strategy until 2030. It contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals to which 169 tasks are assigned. They include measures to reduce poverty, ensure access to education, food and clean water, equal opportunities, to promote human rights, peace and stability in the world, protect the natural environment and mitigate climate change, as well as enable access to sustainable energy sources.

Sustainable Development Goals (un.org.pl)

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