Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Human Aspect - The Sustainable Souls Project November 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project November Post.

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more. The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time!  We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
November's theme is all about the Human Aspect of Sustainability - Poverty, Population, and Human Rights.  What are Human Rights?

What Are Human Rights?
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.  Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. (source United Nations).  Human rights are intrinsically tied to Sustainability.  The UN explains the connection between sustainability and human rights.

"If you ponder the idea for a moment, you might come to realize,...that respect for and enforcement of human rights is a precondition for sustainable development.  This implies that without acknowledging and acting to defend the rights of people, sustainable development is not possible.

The UN further explains, "Integrating the socio-cultural, economic and environmental components that are integral to a concept as encompassing as 'sustainable development' is definitely not easy.  Sustainability is really a simple concept: actions take in the present to improve the human condition and the Earth system in which we live, need to lasting and benefit future generations.  To achieve sustainability, decisions at all levels must consider the three interconnected pillars of sustainable development - socio-cultural, economic, and environmental systems."

The UN has issued a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity and is guided by the following five areas.

We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.  

We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.  

We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.  

We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. 


We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people. The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better. 

Instead of the usual definition and explanation of the issue, this month I choose to share images of the human aspect.  

We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what deforestation means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'the Human Aspect of Sustainability' was transformed into art.
(Click names for links to the artist blog post)
Camille McCoy

Kristie Taylor

Laura Roberts

Tina Walker

Tracy Krueger

Aren't they simply stunning and fabulous?
What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Human Rights and Sustainability means to each person.  
Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month. 
Want to know about the impacts of Climate Change on Human Rights? Here's a short video that will explain the details.
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