The Earth is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society. Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.
My appeal to the world: We all must work together to protect our planet.
I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.
Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) was created to respond to the global call and cry to promote the cause of sustainability. Through this School, we hope to fulfill our social and environmental mission of bringing about transformation in our society. We wish to create better leaders for a better world; better leaders for a sustainable world. XSoS aims at prepare students who can join global movement for protecting Earth’s systems and care for our ‘Common Home.’
“We have a Planet to Heal, a Planet to Save”
Sustainability is all about exploiting our present abilities and capabilities to ensure that the ‘Future We Want’ and the ‘Future We Don’t Want’ do not co-exist. The ‘Future We Want’ is nothing but Peace on Earth.
Sustainability as a concept has gradually transitioned from being an operational theme to that of being a board room forum - a strategic integration of business processes with value chain considerations. It is in this background that Xavier School of Sustainability (XSOS), Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)’s thought leadership in starting a separate school on sustainability augurs well for key stakeholders nationally and globally, more importantly for future leaders with knowledge and know-how around sustainability issues irrespective of the field they choose to enter in future.
The new declaration of rights of man in the twenty-first century is likely to be based more on the links between sustainability, plurality and justice than the earlier triad of liberty, equality and fraternity.
Even as the environment and development crisis intensifies, you the students and youth are living in privileged times. You, perhaps like no generation before, have the tools, enthusiasm and opportunities to make a real difference. Don’t squander it.
It is both a challenge and opportunity for the business sector to make the existing unsustainable models of planet earth redundant. To do this will require a radically innovative vision backed by deep commitment for the long term". "My congratulations and best wishes to XUB for taking this pioneering step of giving young minds new eyes to see and engage with the issues that matter the most, not just for today but for future generations as well.
“We recognize the pathway for sustainable development, but unless all our efforts are directed towards it, we cannot achieve sustainable development in true sense.”
Sustainability is our ability to –Stay frugal; Undertake universal health coverage; Shift to clean energy; Terminate world hunger; Assure good governance; Inculcate economic and social parity; Nurture human relation with the nature.
Marlee Matlin said "The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth." Sustainability is at the core of any culture. It is a constant endeavour to animate the glory of earth for the future. Focusing on sustainability will help in achieving harmonious progress; build understanding of symbiotic engagements of beings with nature promote responsible living while emphasizing care as a founding value of society. It is crucial for mitigating conflicts and shall lead to creation of a healthy and happy planet.
Sustainability teaches us that Stewardship of both natural and human resources needs to practised by the citizens for future generation as there is only one Earth. Sustainable thinking instills in us that we need to adapt to nature and not vice-versa.
We enjoy a sustainable world when we use land not as a Commodity that belongs to us but treat it as a Community to which we belong and use it with love and respect.