Next week Stockholm+50 is taking place. +50 because it is 50 years since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment and the first world conference to address the environment as a world issue.
Considering we urgently need to transform our economies and societies, the event and anniversary are timely. It gives people the chance to reflect on progress or not! And it is hoped that the event will be the springboard needed to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Titled 'a healthy planet for the prosperity of all - our responsibility, our opportunity,' a brief analysis of the achievements and challenges since Stockholm is neatly summed up in a quote from Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals,
"Every environmental issue and the complex relationship of those issues to economic and social development were all captured in Stockholm. And yet, here we find ourselves 50 years later, with all the scientific data on climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution at levels that couldn't have been foreseen in 1972."
With deepening inequalities and a triple planetary crisis (climate, nature and pollution), it is hard for SMEs to understand their role in fixing the global problem, never mind what they can sensibly do to help within their own business.
Thankfully the first step is in place - awareness. Nevermore so than since COVID 19 has the general public been so aware of the unsustainable way we as humans have plundered the earth's resources causing untold ecological damage and hurting our way of life in the process.