The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.
Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.
HOW ANIMAL EXPLOITATION UNDERMINES THIS GOAL
Mass domestic animal breeding is extremely detrimental to creating and sustaining peaceful, clean, productive, and healthy communities. Sustainability is impossible to the extent that the food, water and land requirements of exploited animals far outstrip the nutrients that can be obtained, as compared with plant-based and technology-driven alternatives. These alternatives to animal products and services will enhance rather than detract from this goal, and contribute additionally to promoting a mindset of equality and kindness, focusing innovative minds toward the common good, instead of on individual profit alone and avoid the subjugation and exploitation of other species, which is so deleterious to the peaceful functioning of a community. Animal exploitation has led to many disparities of natural environments and social wellbeing for human and nonhuman animals dating from far back in our shared history. We have but one global living environment, Earth, thus our only hope of creating an inclusive global community which honors all inhabitants’ right to life is to abandon animal exploitation.
Goal 11 : Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (United Nations website)
“Nearly 90% of Land Animals Could Lose Habitat by 2050, Study Finds” – The study’s results “highlight the importance of proactive efforts to safeguard biodiversity by reducing demand for agricultural land,” Michael Clark, another lead author of the study said, By Emily Denny / Dec. 22, 2020 – https://www.ecowatch.com
“The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers” – When humans over-exploit underground water supplies, the ground collapses like a huge empty water bottle. It’s called subsidence, and it could affect 1.6 billion people by 2040. MATT SIMONSCIENCE / 01.19.2021 – https://www.wired.com/story