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Sustainability as the backbone for our future and equality!

The biggest challenge in the upcoming decades is to successfully make the transition towards a green and cleaner economy. As we all know, climate change will have a meaningful impact in our lives, especially of those who are more disadvantaged. Several studies demonstrate that poverty and inequality are expected results from extreme climate events, a changing ecosystem and, evidently, resource shortage. Therefore, we, as socialists, have the duty to ensure environmental protection and widespread usage of renewable energy while, simultaneously, advocating for new ways of human organization and lifestyle, namely in cities. The latter will have a crucial role in our common future. Urban density, when combined with proper public transportation and planned infrastructures, can ensure a more efficient society. Proper management of the local resources will lead to more efficient business, economy and society, which no longer struggle with it – this includes recycling, water and waste management. Incentives for decarbonisation and education on sustainability practices are also directly responsible for laying the ground to a more inclusive and green society. Fundamentally, we need to guide our investment and innovation efforts towards transforming our society within the global climate and environmental challenges. Ensuring sustainable options is the best way to promote prosperity, equality and fairness. We need to act – the future of the human race depends on it.
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We need to adapt our economy and lifestyle to the limits of the Earth. The environment and ecology overall should be a primal aspect of human life going forward - only then we will be able to ensure a fair future, where development and progress is also a synonym of sustainability!

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