Green We Go Now, Change We Make for Next Generation

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) is a global platform accelerating innovative multistakeholder partnerships to deliver transformative change in food, water, energy, cities, and the circular economy. It also aims to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth.

The P4G website I accessed claims that it:

  1. has more than 50 partnerships accelerating progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,
  2. has reduced 110.000 metric tons of CO2 emissions,
  3. has invested USD $292 million in partnerships through P4G, and
  4. has positively affected 504.025 individuals on the ground.

The P4G team and board of directors consist of professionals from various countries, holding prominent positions in government, educational institutions, civil society, international organizations, and respective industries.

The P4G Summit this year is hosted by the Republic of Korea and held in Seoul on May 30-31, 2021.

The theme of this year’s summit is:

“Inclusive Green Recovery Towards

Carbon Neutrality”.

The summit’s goal is to achieve a green recovery from COVID-19, while involving policy, finance, technology, and partnership aspects to pursue longer term climate ambition towards 2050 carbon neutrality.

The summit involves 12 countries, including Korea, Denmark, South Africa, Indonesia, and Mexico, represented by 60 top government officials and heads of international organizations.

Due to pandemic, the summit is a mix of live and recorded sessions. The officials attending it are including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria.

Indonesia President Joko Widodo through his virtual speech stated that P4G initiatives cannot be carried out with “business as usual” approach. Extraordinary measures must be taken. Partnership between stakeholders is the key to ensuring that economic activity, production, and consumption are carried out in a sustainable manner.

Creating an enabling environment that encourages synergy between investment and job creation with green development is deemed important. Innovation, financial support, and technology transfer are needed to successfully implement green development.

The Seoul Declaration adopted at the end of the summit recognizes the climate crisis as “an urgent global threat” that can impact the economy, society and security.

The declaration pledges to strengthen international cooperation to increase the share of renewable energies and to rebuild the economy after the Coronavirus pandemic.

On the last day of P4G summit upon reading the Seoul Declaration, I contemplated on what the slogan “green we go, change we make” truly means.

How do we go green?

What kind of change will we make?

Going green and being environmentally friendly are long-term sustainable behaviors, shaped by the awareness that we don’t own this earth at the moment.

What we currently have is lent by the next generation.

Teaching the NEXT generation, leading them by example, to go green is as important for us NOW as it is for them later.

That is the real challenge. That is what’s currently required from us.

As a parent myself, I take every opportunity to teach my children the wise and responsible ways to use the available natural resources.

Many of natural resources are nonrenewable. Our children need to know that there is a limitation to their availability, so that they won’t take anything for granted.

Here are three simple steps I encourage my children to take:

1. Not wasting water

Rainwater doesn’t come easily. It takes the correct earth temperature and adequate sources to enable water evaporation and collection.

Maintaining bodies of water such as river, lake, sea, and ocean to be pollution-free is also a demanding task nowadays.

In this era, it takes much more energy to deal with waste than to produce something. Therefore, many bodies of water are gradually changed into landfill sites. This is another issue we need to tackle.

Water is precious; we need water to live.

Using water wisely means understanding where it comes from and how everybody has the same right to acquire it.

Teach our children, the next generation not to waste any water by, for example:

  1. Closing the faucet tightly once we’re done using the tap water.
  2. Using dishwasher if possible.
  3. Taking a shower, rather than using bucket to take a bath.
  4. Collecting wastewater from Air Conditioner and using it to water the plants.
  5. And so on.

By doing those things we help our children to understand that water needs to be available in good quantity and quality for everybody on earth.

2. USing electriCity only when needed

It takes energy to create energy, especially electricity.

In developed countries, nuclear power plant is utilized to produce electricity. In developing countries, hydroelectric, coal, and natural gas are the keys to run power plants and produce electricity for people.

Whatever the types of the power plants are, we all know that producing electricity comes with a price, not only in terms of investment, but also its effect on the environment.

Like water, electricity doesn’t come easily, and it surely doesn’t come cheap. By showing our children to turn off unused electronic appliances, to use electricity only when needed, we are teaching them to save while we can, to be prudent, and to ensure access to electricity for all.

3. Start and maintain house garden

Plants are important for oxygen supply and food chain continuation on earth. Moreover, we can intervene pollination so that plants can spread, thrive, and produce what other living things need.

All around the world, cities are growing, people need more space to live, and we’re taking that space for nature to grow.

With a bit of technology and creativity, we can go green by bringing nature to our home. People invented vertical garden, hydroponics, indoor garden, and so on, to prove that lack of space and soil is not an issue anymore.

Children need to be included in our effort to preserve the nature. We can ask them to join us in creating a garden in our home, no matter how small it is. They can also be involved in caring for the plants by watering and fertilizing them.

Having house garden and/or plants in our living space is our continuous effort to go green, to live in harmony with nature.

The steps I mentioned above are beneficial not only for my children, but also for the generations which come after them.

To support P4G that ended last week, the 2021 Honorary Reporters made a photo collage to show how we can go green and make a change.

I also participated with a picture of myself on the first row. Can you guess which one I am?

Thank you again, Sanya, for organizing this.

We only have one earth as our home.

Let’s take care of it now for the future.

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