The German Federal Association for Sustainability understands sustainable development as a mission for society as a whole and a process that is oriented at balance / equation. There are still many ways to stabilize our common habitat for the next generations and to earn the respect of these generations.
The short-term, narrow thinking in election periods and quarterly figures as well as the struggle for the distribution of resources are only a few issues that stand in the way of sustainability.
The fields of action are based on this and on the 6-component model for sustainability developed by the Federal Association:
- Cross-cutting issue: → Implementing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
- Field of action 1: → Achieve social cohesion
- Field of action 2: → Revitalization of rural areas
- Field of action 3: → Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Wholeness - the view for the overall structure and the systemic connections - is the key for sustainability.
These pillars stand side by side for themselves and without connection, almost without any meaning.
However, sustainable development is hardly imaginable without the involvement of each individual citizen.
Participation and having shares form the two components of → participation. This is the foundation that connects the 3 pillars.
Sustainable action is crucial to the success of sustainable development. Action is determined by cultural influences. This applies equally to all regions of the world and is reflected, for example, in a corporate culture, in a social culture and in a culture of interacting with nature. → Culture is the roof beam that lies on the 3 columns and creates a second connection to stabilize the model.
This construct carries a moving component which balances the relationship between man and nature, and with which children can be explained what sustainability is: balance orientation. In a closed system like Planet Earth, imbalance leads to conflict - and this hinders sustainable development.
Nature strives to compensate for imbalances. We want to follow this concept and introduce for the first time the concept of "Soeco-forming" for the necessary strategy for the first time.
In line with the term "terraforming", which is also used for the structural production of the habitability of inhospitable landscapes, "soeco-forming" describes the establishment of structural and mental prerequisites for social, economic and environmental life perspectives in a world of transformation through the participation of people, the consideration of cultural influences for human action and an balance-oriented human-nature interaction.