In 1985, the United Nations designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on issues regarding our living environments. Also, on World Habitat Day we shall be reminded that adequate shelter is a fundamental human right for all of us.
On another note, humankind has historically struggled to sustain waste-wise municipalities all around the globe. Recently, though, this theme has attracted increasing attention, not just in developed countries. Our civilisations must address the grim fact that they produce record-high levels of waste every day.
It is tragic that today’s modern life produces so much waste. If you would like to know more about waste management principles of sustainable urbanisation, download the Concept Note of World Habitat Day in 2018(1). From this note, you will become aware of striking statistics like the following: the expected yearly mass of waste generation will be 5.9 billion tons by 2025 due to “increased consumption and ineffective management strategies”.
So, what are you still waiting for? As an AIESECer or a person driven by our values to make an impact where it counts, you can always:
- Initiate conversations about the importance of proper waste management and how can we make our cities more sustainable.
- Work towards the SDGs (like Sustainable Cities and Communities) by volunteering at aiesec.org.
- Sponsor and encourage someone in your social circles like a cousin, child, niece, or nephew to act upon the Global Goals by volunteering abroad at aiesec.org.
- Find AIESEC entities—that are established all over the world—and collaborate or reach out with advice and financial support.
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