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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
More people globally are expected to join the middle class over the next two decades. This is good for individual prosperity but it will increase demand for already constrained natural resources.
Each year about one third of all food produced— equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion—ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices.
Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.
However, if people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually.
Sustainable consumption and production involves stimulating the efficiency of the use of resources and energy; building sustainable infrastructure; providing access to basic social services; ensuring “green” and decent jobs and a higher quality of life for all. This also requires a systematic approach and cooperation between the participants in the supply chain — from the producer to the end user.
There are two main ways to help: 1. Reducing your waste and 2. Being thoughtful about what you buy and choosing a sustainable option whenever possible
Reducing our waste can be done in many ways, from ensuring you don’t throw away food to reducing your consumption of plastic— one of the main pollutants of the ocean. Carrying a reusable bag, refusing to use plastic straws, and recycling plastic bottles are good ways to do your part every day. Making informed purchases about what we’re buying also helps. For example, the textile industry today is the second largest polluter of clean water after agriculture, and many fashion companies exploit textile workers in the developing world. If you can buy from sustainable and local sources you can make a difference as well as exercising pressure on businesses to adopt sustainable practices.