SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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OBJECTIVE:
Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.

Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.

HOW ANIMAL EXPLOITATION UNDERMINES THIS GOAL

A shift away from animal agriculture and other forms of animal exploitation, which contribute to pollutants and emissions, compromise essential sanitation infrastructure, unduly expend resources and energy, and fuel criminal pursuits, will free up much government funding. Such funding could be put towards impoverished areas in need of bolstered infrastructure, creating opportunity for innovative, more environmentally friendly and sustainable industries, as well as dramatically reducing air and water pollution, which in turn will require less funding toward ongoing environmental clean-up.

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Further Reading:

Goal 9 : Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (United Nations website)

“Revealing the ‘Animal-Industrial Complex’ – A Concept & Method for Critical Animal Studies?” – By Richard Twine, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2012 (ISSN1948-352X) – https://www.academia.edu

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