What's the Sustainable Life Style?


What is a sustainable lifestyle?

The literal translation of "sustainable lifestyle" is "a sustainable lifestyle."
So what does a "sustainable lifestyle" mean? I'll talk about that later.

First of all, the word "sustainable" started to attract attention in Japan in 2015. A major turning point was the adoption of the "SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)," an international standard for environmental initiatives.

In fact, more than 40 years earlier, in 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Environment (Stockholm Conference) was held, and the report "The Limits to Growth" was published by the Swiss think tank "The Club of Rome." The report concluded that "If population and industrial investment continue to grow at their current rates, the Earth's finite natural resources will be depleted, environmental pollution will progress beyond the limits that nature can tolerate, and growth will reach its limit within 100 years."

This incident sparked major action in the international community, but at the time in Japan awareness was still low and there was almost no system in place to take concrete action.
In 2016, it was finally put together as a policy as the "SDGs Implementation Guidelines", and the guidelines for each citizen to make concrete efforts were announced.

To summarize the preamble to the guidelines, "The 17 goals, 169 targets, and 232 indicators set out as the SDGs are universal goals for the entire international community that both developed and developing countries should work towards in order to harmonize the three dimensions of economy, society, and environment throughout the world, eradicate poverty and disparities without leaving anyone behind, and realize a sustainable world."

However, the current evaluation of this initiative reveals that while Japan has a high degree of achievement in specific fields, there are still many areas where issues remain.
In particular, SDG12 (production / consumption), SDG13 (climate change), SDG17 (implementation method), SDG1 (poverty), and SDG10 (inequality) are evaluated to have issues in terms of achievement.

Isn't there something we can do about this issue, which seems so close to us?
To do this, each individual must acquire the skills.
In other words, it means thinking about modern social issues from a global perspective, seeing them as your own problems, and tackling them from the perspective of your own surroundings.

Here is the WHO's specific definition of "skills":

"Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable us to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life."
"The abilities necessary to deal constructively and effectively with the various problems and demands that arise in everyday life."

So, I would like to go back to what a "sustainable lifestyle" is.
I think it can be explained in two simple ways.

One is "improvements to your daily life that you can make on your own in a sustainable way."
The other is, "Act in a way that creates sustainable harmony in the environment around you."

We believe that a "sustainable lifestyle" means living with these two purposes in mind in all of our energy activities, including food, clothing, shelter, work, hobbies, communication, transportation, medical care, investment, consumption, production, and research.

There's no need to think too hard about it; simple considerations like "Is there anything excessive?", "Is it better than before?", and "Is it environmentally friendly?" are enough.
Our lives are just a moment in the long history of our times.
That is why I want to live each day carefully, consciously, not unconsciously.