What is Sustainability – Challenge Your World

4 March, 2009 at 21:57 1 comment

[via Challenge Your World – FAQ]

    Though it been a part of the English language for a long, long time, the term ‘sustainability’ was truly popularized with the publication of the Brundtland Report, presented to the 1st World Conference on the Environment and Development in 1987, where ‘Sustainable Development’ was defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.
    You can find the Brundtland Report online in various places; we recommend checking out this scanned copy of the UN General Assembly document A/42/427, hosted by the Center for a World in Balance, at the following address: http://www.worldinbalance.net/pdf/1987-brundtland.pdf.

    While this definition has been widely debated and discussed, it is generally accepted as the most comprehensive, despite being vague and failing somewhat to provide a more contextual understanding of the terminology in its practical application (i.e. what does sustainability mean at this point in time and given a particular set of circumstances?). In addition to the Brundtland definition, a conceptual framework using a Venn diagram was presented, which indicated sustainability as a balance between the three pillars human civilization: economy, society, and environment.

    In the decades since, the terms sustainability and sustainable development have gained increasing currency in the global economy, as an ecological and social crisis has been exacerbated by unsustainable human activities, including the destruction of global ecosystems and increasing conflicts. Sustainability has entered the parlance of businesses, governments and non-governmental agencies the world over and is possibly one of the most important ideas in existence.

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    • 1. erotik  |  10 March, 2009 at 08:00

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