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Sustainability applied to business, rural areas and education.

Sustainability and Rural Environment

Responsible Footprint recognises the value of the Rural Environment

The headquarters of Huella Responsable is located in a municipality in the Sierra de Guadarrama and This is no coincidence. Its founder, Sonia Gómez, discovered years ago the value that nature has had for their personal development and their health, as well as the importance of living according to their your principles and values. Values that changed as I understood and delved into the fundamentals of sustainability. He left the centre of Madrid and after a stage in Bustarviejo (a municipality of 2,400 inhabitants in the Sierra Norte de Madrid), he settled in Guadarrama.

She currently combines her work at Huella Responsable with her other project, El Jardín de Gaia, a training farm in regenerative agriculture and entrepreneurship in rural areas.

Depopulation of rural areas

UN forecasts that by 2050 two out of three people will live in the United States. cities or urban centers (The World Cities in 2018, UN). With a population that continues to As the world increases, the world is becoming more urban and less rural. Crowding the cities means neglecting the villages which, beyond the devastating consequences of the depopulation of the rural world, has a serious impact on the population’s sources of supply and on the population’s population. Conservation of the natural environment. Very serious problems that are for “all people” do not only from the rural population.

It is important to devote efforts to raising awareness among the urban population that the problem of depopulation is everyone’s problem, not just the people who live in villages.

The Challenge We Face

Territorial polarization is one of the major trends that characterize globalization of the 21st century. The causes of depopulation are structural and associated with the dynamics of depopulation. of globalization that has brought very disparate benefits to the different territories within each country, causing divergences in productivity and innovation that in turn have generated geographical disparities in income and personal well-being.

Thus, while cities take advantage of agglomeration economies, generating virtuous dynamics of productivity, employment and economic gains, small municipalities and rural areas suffer from situations of stagnation and decline that negatively affect the lives of their inhabitants.

Huella Responsable’s work focuses on promoting the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda in rural municipalities at risk of depopulation.

Sustainable rural development plans

The growing economic, social and environmental decline of many rural Spanish municipalities has evidenced the urgent need for Public Administrations to respond to the the widening gap between the countryside and the city and a change in the approach to rural policy to leave behind the essentially agrarian model and move towards a territorial and integral.

Huella Responsable, from its knowledge, proximity and appreciation of the rural environment, has developed A line of work dedicated to promote the economic, social and environmental progress of the Rural municipalities at risk of depopulation in order to help mitigate this serious This is a problem that affects all Spaniards.

How we do it

Our purpose is to collaborate with the Provincial Councils and City Councils of rural municipalities in the design and implementation of their sustainable rural development plans , promoting a participatory territorial approach that recognizes rural inhabitants as managers and actors of their own development. And we want to do it by highlighting everything that the rural environment has to offer. it can contribute to the well-being of the population as a whole (with its natural resource base) and

to the new economic and social model based on the principles of the 2030 Agenda.

In order to achieve the great global challenges, it is essential to build solutions from the levels of the Administration closest to the citizens, that is, from the Local Entities (municipalities and provincial councils).

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