I am looking through a luxury magazine in an airport transit lounge. Back home, my country, the Philippines is in the challenging attempt at helping our people hit by the super typhoon of all time: Yolanda/Haiyan… struggling to stay alive and rebuild their lives.
I flip through the magazine issue with the theme the “good life:” travel, fashion, cuisine, designer outfits. These are some key words when “the good life” is defined. Interestingly enough, in certain sectors these words are taking on new nuances as the world struggles with climate changes, the poverty of many nations, global health and environmental issues. Our “good life” lifestyles have become unsustainable for the carbon footprints, the consumption and production processes and the mindset and perspectives we have about how we should be living our life. International agencies such as the United Nations have created programs focused on creating frameworks so programs for sustainable development can be translated on the ground. One example is The CSCP or the Center of Sustainable Consumption and Production was tasked by the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Protection).
The Philippine Workstudio was part of BIG2050 a project launched at Rio +20 in June 2012, and has begun to collect promising practices of sustainable ways of living from around the world. Through multi-stakeholder workshops, this project continues to explore the environmental and social impacts, consumer trends and aspirations, and future visions of more sustainable lifestyles across five global region and nationalities: China, Colombia, Ghana, the Philippines and Germany. The output of the workstudios are posted in the Global Knowledge Network on Sustainable Lifestyles. One of the primary drivers for the selection of the Philippines inclusion in this program was our positive growth story. The challenge is ensuring continued growth and encouraging people’s participation in making the growth sustainable.
Earlier in the year, our ECHOsi (Empowering Communities with Hope and Opportunities through Sustainable Initiatives) Foundation, the non-profit arm of the green retailer ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle, got a call from CSCP in Germany to be the host partner for this Sustainable Lifestyle Workstudio. The task: to create a Vision 2050 roadmap and action plan for sustainable lifestyle in the country. Close to 50 local forward-thinking stakeholders in the fields of business and enterprise, finance, social innovation, urban planning, research and the academe, natural resources, government and NGOs, came to share, discuss the Philippines’ current and emerging practices and policies. Then the group identified possible future scenarios towards the Vision 2050. More importantly, everyone discovered opportunities to scale up existing sustainability efforts and who to collaborate with.
Here is what we see in 2050 for the Philippines. Let’s put on our “future” lenses!
In GOVERNANCE, the government has already set policies and legislation to ensure the basic needs of Filipino citizens, including the differently-abled, the elderly and the minorities. A reliable framework for public-private partnerships is in place. There are policies to maintain life-work balance and encouraging social南京桑拿会所