How can we build a sustainable future?
How can we Change tho Global Focus?
A representation of sustainability showing
how both economic and societal values are
constrained by environmental limits (2003)
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This is from the recycled reusable shopping bag from the most sustainable Retailer in the world COOP in Switzerland.
Sustainable development does not focus solely on environmental issues.
Can we shift the GLOBAL FOCUS?
In 1987, the United Nations released the Brundtland Report, which included what is now one of the most widely recognised definitions:
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:
the concept of 'needs', in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.
Scheme of sustainable development:
at the confluence of three constituent parts.(2006)
Green development is generally differentiated from sustainable development in that Green development prioritizes what its proponents consider to be environmental sustainability over economic and cultural considerations. Proponents of Sustainable Development argue that it provides a context in which to improve overall sustainability where cutting edge Green development is unattainable. For example, a cutting edge treatment plant with extremely high maintenance costs may not be sustainable in regions of the world with fewer financial resources. An environmentally ideal plant that is shut down due to bankruptcy is obviously less sustainable than one that is maintainable by the community, even if it is somewhat less effective from an environmental standpoint.
Sustainable development is said to set limits on the developing world. While current first world countries polluted significantly during their development, the same countries encourage third world countries to reduce pollution, which sometimes impedes growth. Some consider that the implementation of sustainable development would mean a reversion to pre-modern lifestyles.
Others have criticized the overuse of the term:
- "[The] word sustainable has been used in too many situations today, and ecological sustainability is one of those terms that confuse a lot of people. You hear about sustainable development, sustainable growth, sustainable economies, sustainable societies, sustainable agriculture. Everything is sustainable (Temple, 1992)."
The goal inherent in our search for clean technologies ( A sustainable future) is very exciting: a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power - economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed by all.”—William McDonough Would that Goal set the boundaries for sustainable growth?