Sustainability has been a concept that has become widespread in recent years. There are several reasons to this. First, industrial societies are growing at a rapid pace and they do so while affecting the health, culture, and livelihood of the people who are living in them.
Second, as the world population increases exponentially, it has become critical for governments to address scarcity, not only in terms of food and other resources, but also in terms of living space. And third, there is an ever increasing need to uplift the quality of life for many low-income families, especially those belonging to indigenous groups.
In the context of housing, sustainability involves the need for state and non-state actors to construct homes that are safe for the environment, respect indigenous rights, encourage inclusion, promote disaster resiliency, and realize the drive to accomplish the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
Let’s look at a few core tenets of sustainability that lie at the center of development work.
Every year, vulnerable countries within the Pacific Ring of Fire are highly susceptible to potential calamities, chief of which are earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. People living in these areas should be aware of the importance of disaster resiliency. Communities that are able to design and execute disaster response plans are able to reduce casualties and damages to infrastructure.
Far-flung villages are critically in danger. With threats of suburban expansion, deforestation, and climate change, indigenous populations are on the brink of losing their way of life. With this in mind, it’s important to create communities that respect indigenous culture and prevent ages-old traditions form fading along with the villages that practice them.
Housing development should also aim towards creating better inclusion. In other words, populations should be able to take part in needs-based policy-formulation, which is at the very core of framing sustainability within the context of social empowerment. Inclusion also involves allowing marginalized members of society to take part in crucial conversations that have a long-term impact on their livelihood and, in general, their way of life.
As industrialization continues to chip away at our and oceans, it has become vital that housing development consider the potential effects that residential projects have on the environment. Sure enough, sustainable communities use alternative energy sources, adopt a more rational waste management program, and encourage frugal, organic lifestyles to its citizens.
Millennium Development Goals
The United Nations plans to elevate the quality of life for the populations of its member-countries through initiatives that seek to uplift the social and cultural aspects of affected communities. Part and parcel of this drive is the reduction of poverty through livelihood development and other key projects that aim to give a better life, especially to the next generation. Sure enough, sustainable communities will have an important role in promoting this advocacy.