The Global

Sustainability

Challenge

Climate change, water scarcity, and the collapse of fisheries are just a few of the signs that humans are exceeding the planet’s natural resource limits. While generally conceptualized as separate issues, these global challenges are all symptoms of a larger problem, the collective overuse of the Earth’s ecological capital and systems. This overarching issue of over consuming the planet’s available natural resources is known as the Global Sustainability Challenge.

The Global Sustainability Challenge is one of most pressing problems that society faces today. Human life, along with all of our economic and societal activities, is inextricably dependent on adequate and healthy biophysical systems. However, the scale of human activities and factors, such as continuing population growth, growing social inequalities, and environmental degradation, are placing tremendous stress on the Earth’s biosphere inhibiting sustainable development.

In order for society to be truly sustainable, ongoing resource demands must be less than, or at least in balance with, natural resource supplies. This means that society not only has to learn how to use resources more efficiently, but also stipulates that society considers the issue of resource sufficiency.

Ultimately, a fundamental shift in how people perceive natural resources and services is required in order to ensure an equitable and viable future. As the choices society makes today will determine the legacy civilization leaves behind for future generations, it is imperative humanity takes action and finds a balance between natural resource production and consumption.

In the section below, you will find an ongoing selection of curated content from around the world to help us understand the most pressing issues and highlight innovative solutions to the global sustainability challenge. Come back soon for more updates!

Backgrounder: UN’s Climate Summit 2019

Backgrounder: UN’s Climate Summit 2019

The New York Climate Action Summit is a high-profile event to showcase public and private ambitions and advancements in the sphere of climate action. Political leaders, businesspeople, and members of civil society will gather on September 23rd for panels, speeches and presentations on plans that aim to accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Read EFI’s summary of the IPBES report

Read EFI’s summary of the IPBES report

Around one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. That’s the striking statistic that made headlines around the world when a UN advisory body previewed its first global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in May 2019. To understand the implications behind the assessment and what we can do about it, we take a closer look at the report behind the headlines. Read EFI’s summary here: https://www.environicfoundation.org/ipbes-report/.

EFI Celebrates Earth Day and Launches New Programs.

EFI Celebrates Earth Day and Launches New Programs.

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An Earth Day letter from William Godfrey, President of EFI…

Dear EFI friends and supporters,

As we approach Earth Day on April 22nd, the Environic Foundation International (EFI) is honoring this most important day for our relationship with the planet by sharing the results of over a year of work spent enhancing our organizational capacity and launching several exciting new programs that provide high quality educational materials and training for concerned citizens, students, and sustainability and policy professionals! We want to share the news and encourage you to visit our website in the next few weeks as we roll out a variety of educational materials in EFI’s twenty-five areas of sustainability. Click on the headline to read more…

Learn More About Our Content Development Program.

Learn More About Our Content Development Program.

Welcome to our new website! We are in the middle of an exciting phase at EFI! Our team will be busy developing and curating quality content that reflects up-to-date trends in sustainability, in line with EFI’s 25 door approach. Click on the headline to read more…

EFI’s Sustainable Societies at VCU.

EFI’s Sustainable Societies at VCU.

Our Sustainable Societies Course is now the gateway course for the Certificate in Sustainable Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Certificate in Sustainable Innovation is designed to provide students in any VCU baccalaureate program the option of adding a formal certificate program in sustainability and sustainable approaches to problem-solving. The Certificate in Sustainable Innovation will use a systems-thinking approach to problems of sustainability across all of the academic disciplines. 

Volunteer with EFI

Volunteer with EFI

At EFI we are committed to helping people become agents of positive change. Your contribution of treasure, talent or time would be wonderful.
We are seeking volunteers who are interested in conducting research in the 25 areas of sustainability (see our 25-issue matrix); we need designers and illustrators; and we also need social media-savvy folks interested in learning the ropes of fundraising online. We have teams in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, but we also have a robust platform for remote collaboration if you are located beyond. Interested? Contact us at volunteers@environicfoundation.org.

Learn About Sustainable Societies Africa at EFI

Learn About Sustainable Societies Africa at EFI

As Africa and the world come to realize the nature of our interwoven environmental, social, and economic challenges, we all awake to the importance of hope. Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development provides a real foundation for hope and optimism as we work together to create a sustainable Africa.

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