The German Sustainability Association understands sustainability as a task for society as a whole. We want to support and promote the sustainable development process, which is oriented towards the balance / equilibrium between human needs, the conservation of our resources and the stabilisation of the world climate for future generations.
Balance orientation with the → reduction of inequalities is one of many pathways to preserve quality of life, habitat and livelihood for future generations and to earn the respect of these generations. Other paths include overcoming short-term thinking in terms of election periods and quarterly figures, and overcoming the struggle for resources.
The direct participation of all people drives sustainable development. Their knowledge, creativity and experience shape sustainable development. It is the task of politics - first and foremost in parliaments and governments - to promote, support and enable this participation by creating instrumental, financial and methodological frameworks.
This is the minimum of what can and must be expected from responsible, forward-looking political representatives in the face of formidable challenges.
Fields of activity
The fields of activity are based on this and on themodel developed by developed by the Federal Association for stable sustainability:
- 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)
There are technologies, methods and enough money for this - what is needed now is the will and determination.
The German Federal Association for Sustainability is therefore looking for creative pioneers and actors from civil society, science, business practice and politics to actively shape the change towards a balance-oriented future.
Together, we want to stimulate and develop social and political structures as well as sustainable business models that are education- and knowledge-based through cooperation, collaboration, advice and accompaniment.
Our 6-component model
Holism - the view of the overall structure and the systemic interrelationships - is the key to stable sustainability.
The traditional view of sustainable development so far only considers 3 pillars: environment, society, economy.
These pillars stand side by side, each fragile and unconnected, quasi inconsequential.
Sustainable development is ultimately only possible if people are involved in this development.
Participation and involvement are the components of participation. This is the basis that fundamentally connects the 3 pillars.
Sustainable action is crucial for the success of sustainable development. However, action is determined by cultural influences. This applies equally to all regions of the world and is reflected e.g. in a corporate culture, in a social culture and in a culture of interaction with nature. Culture creates the second link and stabilises.
This construct carries a moving component that balances the relationship between humans and nature: balance orientation.