80 ways to a more sustainable future
More than 80 practices that promote environmental sustainability, health, and contribute to health equity in the EU have been brought together in INHERIT’s promising practices database. It shows sustainable ways to action in the way we live (green space and housing), move (transport), and consume (food) which encourage behaviour and lifestyle change. These examples will help those interested in such initiatives to explore and build on existing work. The database has been developed by PROLEPSIS, partner of INHERIT (2016-2019), an EU-funded initiative developing scenarios and stimulating effective interventions for a more sustainable future.
We hope that what we now refer to as ‘promising’ practice in the database will in the not too distant future be considered ‘common’ practice, as we move closer towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. INHERIT’s aim is to normalise the use of active modes of transport for short trips, and democratise the availability of good quality green space and healthy food, produced in ways that don’t harm the environment and our health.
-Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet Director & INHERIT Coordinator.
The database was launched on the last day of the United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development in New York (10-19 July), where delegates reviewed progress that has been made by Sustainable Development Goal signatories in relation to specific goals in the Convention, including Goal 3, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Contributing to the achievement of these goals, the European Parliament recently adopted a report calling for the European Commission to be more ambitious in implementing the SDGs, and for the exchange of best practice and innovative ideas. In addition, the 6th WHO Europe Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, where INHERIT was presented, recently culminated with the signing of the Ostrava Declaration, committing signatories to action in seven key areas to improve the environment and thereby health.
The INHERIT promising practice database supports these international initiatives to promote sustainable development by providing concrete examples of intersectoral actions which enable citizens to live and behave in more sustainable ways. The promising practices reflect a growing understanding that environmental sustainability, health, and equity are interlinked and that action in one of these areas benefits the others, though it is important to recognise and maximise these mutual benefits.