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How You Can Contribute to Sustainable Development

All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything!

– Gary W. Goldstein

What is Sustainable Development?

     I’m sure all of you have heard about sustainable development. Sustainable development is defined as “ a constraint upon present consumption to ensure that future generations will inherit a resource base that is no less than the inheritance of the previous generation.” according to ScienceDirect. It’s the concept of using the resources we have today without robbing what belongs to the future generation. 

When did it all start?

    Sustainable development was the concept of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro back in 1992. By now, as you already know 17 sustainable development goals were set by the United Nations to be achieved by the year 2030 which are commonly referred to as SDGs. Almost all the countries in the world are doing their best to achieve these goals by the end of 2030.

 

Why is sustainable development important?

 In this world, everybody does not have access to the same amount of resources. Some countries have access to more useful resources than others. However, nobody in this world should be deprived of any resources. Everybody should have access to good living standards, education and good job opportunities, etc regardless of who they are and where they come from. With sustainable development, we can make it happen. Therefore I hope you now understand the immense importance of this concept. 

How can you take part in this?

    Since this is a concept that needs to be exercised at an international level, you must be wondering how you could be a part of sustainable development. However, it is so much easier than you think. Even the simplest act from your side can contribute greatly towards sustainable development. 

   For a start, you can turn off all the electric appliances in your household when they are not in use. Not only that but you can also use energy-friendly light bulbs to save more energy. Most importantly you can make maximum use of daylight as well. 

   One of the most efficient ways you can contribute to this is Recycling. No matter what you use, you can recycle them. It can be paper, plastic, polythene, glass, and aluminum, etc whatever it is you can recycle it. Not only that but you can also reuse some of the items that you use daily. For example, you can reuse the plastic bottle of water that you bought on the way until its expiration date.

 

   This may even sound funny to you. However, taking shorter baths or showers can help greatly to sustainable development. This might sound impossible, but it is true. In addition to all of that, you can reduce your use of paper. For that, you can cut back on the papers and use your mobile phone and the internet to do what you need to do, such as paying your bills online. In addition, you can also refuse the printed bill that you get at the end of a transaction. 

Be a part of the solution!

  Change starts with you! Do not wait for things to magically turn around. It’s you who can make the impossible happen. Don’t just do what needs to be done. Share your newfound knowledge with everyone you know. Today is the day you make the change. So, let’s start our journey towards sustainable development together with AIESEC. We as the youth are committed to make our world a better place through sustainable development.

 

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How AIESEC creates a comfort zone out of your comfort zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

What is your comfort zone? 

      Your comfort zone is not a place but a situation or an environment where you feel safe and comfortable. In this space, you do not feel challenged or uncomfortable. Therefore you can keep doing only the things that you are familiar with and refrain from exploring unfamiliar areas. Now, let’s explore the AIESEC comfort zone.  

Why get out? 

      Is your comfort zone really a good place? If it is, then why are you constantly encouraged to step out of it? The truth is, your comfort zone is not a good place. It prevents you from exploring your limits. If you are not truly challenged, you will never know what you are really capable of. You can accomplish so much more than you think. 

     

      It is certainly frightening to step out of it and challenge yourself. However, in order to discover your true potential, you must do it. You should face new challenges. You should try new things in unfamiliar areas, instead of doing the same thing repeatedly. Then only you can actually discover your full potential and achieve everything you dream of. 

 

The AIESEC comfort zone

      As you already know, stepping outside of your comfort zone can be frightening. Therefore you need a supportive and encouraging environment outside of it and there is no other place more suitable for that than AIESEC. AIESEC is a global organization consisting of young volunteers full of leadership potential. AIESECers are known to be brave hearts who constantly step out of their comfort zone. In AIESEC, all the people around you, are very supportive and encouraging. They do not force you to do anything. Instead, they will help and guide you towards the correct path. 

    AIESEC is a very versatile organization. There are so many different opportunities in a great range of areas within AIESEC. Since it is a global organization, these opportunities are not only on local platforms but can also be on international platforms. Therefore you can see that AIESEC is the jackpot when it comes to new opportunities.  You can choose any field that you want and explore your potential. When you need to, you can always reach for the people within AIESEC for guidance and support. 

What do you gain?

     What can you gain when you step out of your comfort zone? You can truly discover who you really are when you step out of it, which is the most important thing that you can obtain. When you break the boundaries of it and step out into a world full of challenges, you become fully aware of yourself. You can really understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and use them wisely. 

    Recognizing your true potential makes you a better leader. You become a more competent and equipped individual when it comes to the corporate world as well. Therefore you can clearly see, stepping out of it makes you more prepared and proficient for all of your future endeavors. 

So, do you still wanna be cooped up inside? 

    No, you most definitely do not want to be inside of it anymore. Outside of it lies your true potential. Therefore you should break those boundaries and challenge yourself to be the best version of yourself. They say that there is no gain without pain. However, with AIESEC you can definitely gain without any pain.

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