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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the result of an international consensus, endorsed, although not binding, by the 193 members of the UN. These points are intended to transform realities and meet challenges that propose new ways of inhabiting our planet, of producing, of managing resources and of acting in the face of structural inequalities.
The vision is based on the possibility of a world of coexistence and prosperity within the conception of the finiteness of things, of our resources.
At the beginning of this millennium, in 2001, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) called for a change in our consumption habits and production models by 2015. However, none of the MDG ever materialized into proposals or treaties that contained any kind of legislation or agreement for action.
Now we see ourselves in the year 2021 with our sights set on the 2030 Agenda. It is nine years apart, but we can assure, and feel, that the transformations are being qualitatively greater this time, compared to the period 2001 – 2015, although they are still insufficient.
Nine years ahead
That is why at Revivack we are involved with the 2030 Agenda, that is why our project is based on the foundations of several of them. Revivack is allied with SDG 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17. All of them are important and interrelated, but there are two central to Revivack’s activity, SDG 12 and SDG 17.
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
SDG 13 – Climate Action.
SDG 14 – Underwater Life
SDG 15 – Terrestrial Biodiversity
SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production
As we have mentioned, there are two SDG that are vital to our project. SDG 12 is the one related to Responsible Consumption and Production. It sets out more specific guidelines that aim to rethink the term waste in order to transform it into a potential resource, within the framework of a circular economy that understands that objects do not end at the end of their useful life.
SDG 17, Partnerships
The importance of SDG 17 lies in its call to work together, allies for the common cause of climate change. It aims to promote and reassess the importance of CSR and the creation and consolidation of a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. This institution would be something of an intermediary, in terms of cooperation and sustainable development, between the public administrations of various national, international and transnational actors.
The 2030 Agenda proposes all this variety of issues, reflected in the SDG, in a cross-cutting manner. In other words, we cannot tackle problems related to inequalities and climate events without thinking about the economy, as well as desertification. Here, nature, politics, economy, migrations, etc., are intimately linked. That is why SDG 9, 13, 14 and 15 intersect with those we have detailed here.
As a project, we are aware of the magnitude of the climate processes that move us to think about other ways of producing and consuming, but despite this, we do not shrink. We believe that with our contribution and individual actions, scaled in greater proportion, we can be part of a process of change that is fundamental.
In this way the circular economy appears as a productive and resource and waste management formula necessary to address and face the perspective of the 2030 Agenda.
The circular economy is a mode of production of goods that connects the origin of goods with the expected end of the useful life of things. But the inflection lies in the fact that this original end does not determine their finiteness, but is framed in a structure of recovery and transformation of objects to give them a new life, other meanings and uses.
In short, at Revivack we do not stop thinking about the SDG as a guide in our lines of action, and that is why we base our activity on the circular economy as an original piece in our project, thus contributing to the challenge of climate change. In this way, SDG 12 and 16 are positioned as central in our perspective.