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Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul


Mission Sustainability – We face the Challenge

„Mission Sustainability – We face the Challenge“ has started 2007 as a competition and is continued as a platform for sustainbility ideas. In the first phase of the competition between December 2006 and August 2007 more then 200 entries from Europe and all over the world were contributed. The book to the competition can be ordered here. This year contributions are asked mainly from the fields of arts, culture, education and projects increasing the social cohesion.

More sustainability in everyday life

Besides the description of the idea and the planned change of action in every day life the participants were asked to present their idea in a graphical way. But the Mission goes on – the website has been re-opened for further contribtions. People of all ages are called to make the world more sustainable. Small actions which can have a big impact are demanded. Only when every single person orientates her every day behaviour on criterias of sustainability, things will really change. Besides the description of the idea or project the participants are asked to present their idea in a graphical way.

Through the competition the German Council for Sustainable Development aims to motivate people from all over the world to take action and change their behaviour. Particular emphasis is placed on ideas and projects, which strengthen the social cohesion and face the issue of sustainability in arts, culture and education. The best contributions will have the opportunity for presentation on the annual conference in Berlin on Nov 17, 2008.

"Mission Sustainability" is a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Until August 2007 162 persons submitted already 204 contributions.

And the Mission goes on. You can find further details about the competition on the website

Further information:
Website of the competition Mission Sustainability

Mission Sustainability: Invitation to participate in our competition [PDF, 165KB, in German]
Entry deadline: 15 September 2008

Council for Sustainable Development (publisher):
"Mission Sustainability
We face the challenge"
(PDF, 6.5MB)
The Book to the Competition
Conception and realisation:
neues handeln GmbH,
November 2007,
64 pages

Unfortunately, this book is out of print.

Council for Sustainable Development (publisher):
"Mission Sustainability
We face the challenge"
(PDF, 6.5MB)
The Book to the Competition
Conception and realisation:
neues handeln GmbH,
November 2007,
64 pages

Unfortunately, this book is out of print.

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