As the UN puts it: Rapid urbanization challenges, such as the safe removal and management of solid waste within cities, can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. One such example is an increase in municipal waste collection. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
RSP Competences sdg11 Sustainable cities and communities
Consider societal systems as complex systems that are connected to physical, social, psychological human needs over time and in different contexts.
Recognise and discuss the unsustainable practices of human settlements locally and globally and identify aspects of our cities, communities and societies that need to change in order to improve our life-quality (e.g. energy, water, transportation, food, safety, waste, health, accessibility, education, inclusion, green etc.).
Understand that inclusive and sustainable communities require intergenerational and intercultural collaboration. Identify and discuss how different views, opinions and skills from stakeholders and people from various fields can affect collaboration and how differences can be bridged so as to make their area, community or city more sustainable.
Determine, analyse and discuss the problems that make communities unsustainable. Critically review decisions concerning their community, city and discuss whether these make it more sustainable and/or how they should change in order to make it more sustainable.
Envision different ways their city/community could become sustainable.
Develop empathy for un-privileged, communities or cities and understand that sustainability cannot be obtained unless all reach an adequate life quality.
Develop ideas and approaches for addressing real local /community problems and test them for their appropriateness regarding the specific sustainability issue.
Identify, evaluate and take responsibility for the potential environmental and social impact and consequences of own lifestyle.
Propose and participate in decisions and actions that can shift their community to more sustainable models of living.
Identify the values that underpin decisions and practices adopted for sustainable and unsustainable community planning. Create community collaboration networks, share ideas and engage in decision making for creating sustainable and inclusive communities.
Develop an awareness of natural environments that have had an impact on a community’s culture and identity over the years and take proactive and considered action to protect them.
Make sound and well-informed decisions considering different community and stakeholder views and act promptly to create a sustainable community.