sustainability

  • United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Most Important Utilitarian Values. Social Security Approach

    Author: Pawel Gromek
    E-mail: pgromek@sgsp.edu.pl
    Institution: Main School of Fire Service
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0997-5069
    Author: Tadeusz Kęsoń
    E-mail: tkeson@sgsp.edu.pl
    Institution: Main School of Fire Service
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7047-7811
    Published online: 17 September 2021
    Final submission: 17 September 2021
    Printed issue: 2021
    Source: Show
    Page no: 18
    Pages: 157-174
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy202146
    PDF: ppsy/50/ppsy202146.pdf

    2030 Agenda constitutes a comprehensive framework for sustainable development. Nevertheless, not all sustainable development goals properly match the most important utilitarian values (human life and health). It is especially noticeable in terms of disasters and crises, which commonly determine social security. The research objective is to indicate the placement of the values in the particular goals. The systematic literature review indicates 47 information sources. That enables an in-depth analysis of the goals and social security specification elements, highlighting the direct or indirect character of relevant relations. The gaps can be identified considering the social character of the goals, characteristic hazards, danger to human life, and health and urgency of the response. In most cases, the relations between the goals and the values are indirect. They can be improved with a potentially positive influence on sustainable development in all circumstances (including the most dangerous ones). The goals specification states many references for the improvement in a synergistic way respecting the most important utilitarian values, especially in zero hunger, good health and well-being, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, partnership for the goals.

  • The Dispute about the Future: Anthropocene and Sustainability as a Challenge

    Author: Christoph Wulf
    E-mail: chrwulf@zedat.fu-berlin.de
    Institution: Freie Universität Berlin
    Year of publication: 2021
    Source: Show
    Pages: 13-24
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2021.04.01
    PDF: kie/134/kie13401.pdf

    The upcoming transformations of today’s societies into sustainable societies pose numerous problems. To avoid the destruction of the foundations of life in the Anthropocene, a profound social and cultural transformation encompassing all areas of life is required. To know how this can be accomplished requires extensive research and knowledge, the reliability of which plays an important role. The more open and diverse the global world becomes, the more difficult it is to determine which facts are important and what consequences can be drawn from them for human action. Instead of a reflexive approach to the results of scientific research, today one often encounters a populist approach to science. Its results are used to support preconceived opinions. One is not interested in new findings but aims at the disparagement of people of other opinions and their hateful insult. A destructive division of society is the result of the debates that are so important for the future of humanity.

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