When ┬áSustainable Development becomes a farce.

Goal  12.8 of the Sustainable  Development Goals  states  that ” by 2030 ensure  that people  everywhere  have the relevant  information  and awareness  for sustainable  development and lifestyle  in harmony  with nature ” . It is therefore  from this background  that i doubt  the attainment of this goal  taking  a closer look at the current situation  taking  place  at local  level  where there is massive land degradation  ,deforestation  vis-a-vis the target  goal  ,it’s  really  absurd  and if the situation  remains  as such, meeting  the goal  remains  “a pie in the sky”.

Sustainable Development  means  utilizing  the resources  in the present  without  compromising the opportunity  of the future  generation  to enjoy  the same benefits. Zimbabwe  being  one of the member states  of  the United  Nations that adopted  and endorsed  the SDGs  and pledged  to work  towards  their  attainment  should  really  brace up and ACT now  in ensuring  that sustainable  development goals   won’t  be just ” a much ado about  nothing  ” initiative.   

To begin  with, the populace  at large need  to be educated about sustainable  development  ,their  engagement  in national  development  framework  should  not be tokenistic but rather  meaningful  as they are the ones  contributing to the deterioration of the natural  environment.  A notable  example  is that of ward 25 in Mashonaland West  Zvimba  East province  where  massive  land degradation  is taking  place  ,the area has become  an illegal  place for  dealers  who are digging  up top soil /gravel  on the vast land leaving  it  badly damaged  with enormous  gullies  that have become nothing  but death traps  for children  during  the rainy  season . Most of these  people  plundering  the environment  are youths  who cannot  find employment  elsewhere, as an aftermath  digging  up the  top soil  and selling  it to those in construction  business  has become  the only  panacea  for their  survival. The degradation  of the environment  happening  in this community  is an epitome  of  the real situation  taking  place  in various  communities  which  i cannot  mention  here as time may fail me. Looking  back at goal 12.8  ,it is  emphasising  on making  sure that  everywhere  people  have  relevant  information  and awareness  for sustainable  development  so that they be able to deal  with the nature  in a more harmonous  manner. 

It therefore  remains  unquestionable that  these people  plundering  the environment  have no  relevant  information  or awareness  about  the effects  they will  cause in the near or later future, their  primary  concern is survival . The SDGs  also have not really  been  able  to cascade from the top to the least person  living  in the community, they don’t  know  the relevance  or the target  goals  ,thus the government is speeding  towards  a dead  road  because  things  are really  ” falling  apart” in  various  communities ,yet it still  continue  heralding  about  sustainable  development. 

Furthermore,  goal  11.4 states  that ” strengthen  efforts  to protect  and safeguard  the world’s  cultural  and natural  heritage  ” ,strengthening  efforts  again  becomes  difficult  if the real  perpetrators are being  left behind  . It is myopic  to hold hotel  conventions discussion  about what is to be done for the people  ,yet the same people  are miles  away  in their  villages  or communities  unaware  of what is being  discussed. I stand to be corrected  ,but i believe  whatever  is for the people  ,without  the people  ,is against  them. 

Borrowing  from the Nigerian  proverb” he who does  not know  where he went  wrong  ,will never  know when  the rain began  to beat him and worse  off he cannot  know  when  to start  drying  himself ”   . What is wrong  in the discourse  of SDGs  and also barricading  towards  attainment  of target  goals  is simply  lack of  relevant  information. 

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life changes ,how to go about it ?

If a tree is able to bend whenever there is great and tempestuous wind ,this enables it to stay intact  and prevents it from breaking .Bending also allows it to  adapt to this change that has happened. Likewise, in life  we face a lot of changes ,sometimes we tend to deny  that change is happening  or we see it but rather choose to ignore it. At the end of the day what counts is that change is happening in fact it is a continuous process and unfortunately  in most cases inevitable.

The question which arises now is what   are you supposed to do about the change ?

Here are some of the things that you can do:

1 .Accept that change happens.

It’s undeniable that most individuals  want things to remain as they are  especially when everything is going on well. But the truth is that nothing lasts forever  it doesn’t matter  whether we like it or not .Sometimes individuals lose jobs ,lose loved one’s or  circumstances force you to leave your country. These changes are stressful ,they affect us a lot . Fears of what life will be tend to grip us immensely. The truth is that the human race fear change in that it brings elements of uncertainty. Imagine going to another country where  you have no idea about their culture, language . There are so many barriers that  affects your stability in a foreign land .  It is however  important  to find a way of adapting  to these changes ,in fact adaptability is the  most effective   method of survival. It’s really important to note the rule of nature ” survival is based not on the size of the animal or plant ,but  on its ability to adapt  to the environment

2 . Always focus on the future

When we talk about the future ,usually we fantasize on good life ,good marriage and high paying jobs. If that turns out to be the opposite  ,we feel depressed ,give up on all hope  and think of going back to the past. The truth however is that the future is a ‘mixed bag’ ,we must anticipate  both good and bad  and always be  able to move forward when that change has taken place in your life. Remember  that those who make it in life  move forward undaunted by Heartbreaks and failures. Always make it a priority to accept  the unchangeable and remove   yourself from the unacceptable. One can only be able to adapt to the change  if he/she accept change and stop looking  back ,but focus on the future

3. Always stay positive

The way you see your problem determines how you will be able to adapt and stay focused. A change is necessary in life in that it enables one to grow ,to see things clearly especially  when you migrate to another country you got to embrace diversity and understand other people as they are . A change of government also might frustrate  those in business ,agriculture or industry  due to regulations or relaxations that might be introduced that will have a negative effect , but a change in government might also usher in new opportunities and more business growth.  So it is important to always try and find something good about that change that has taken place in your life . I still remember there was a time I had to separate with my parents and went to stay with my grandmother  who lived miles away from where my parents were staying. At first I thought  my parents hated me and wanted to punish or teach me a lesson,how could they have send me away when I was that young ? I used to question myself. But as years unfolds ,I realised that staying with my grandmother had  enabled me to grow independently  and I developed many skills that I’m using today to sustain myself and I have also managed to be a sociable being who  accepts individuals of different race or tribe without  being judgemental  or irritable. Since then ,I have  realized that it’s important to see the good part of any change that has happened in your life

4. Help others accept change and strengthen them in their weaknesses.

There is a phrase I enjoy biblically which is found in the book of Revelation .It states that ” they defeated him by the testimony of their mouth” this phrase encourages me a lot in that a testimony of  how you have conquered your problems may be the only thing needed by someone right now  who is hopeless. Over the years life experiences have been one of the most effective ways of inspiring someone to dare their fears and see how a change can be of their benefit. With this I hope  change isn’t a bad thing after all.