31 March 2014

Sustainable Development


Sustainable development is an organizing principle for human life on a finite planet. It posits a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use meet human needs without undermining the sustainability of natural system and the environment, so that future generations may also have their needs met.

The domain of 'economics' is fundamental to considerations of sustainable development however there has been considerable criticism of the tendency to use the three-domain model of the triple bottom line: economics, environment and social. The sustainability of human settlements is part of the relationship between humans and their natural, social and built environments. Also termed human ecology, this broadens the focus of sustainable development to include the domain of human health. Working with a different emphasis, some researchers and institutions have pointed out that a fourth dimension should be added to the dimensions of sustainable development, since the triple-bottom-line dimensions of economic, environmental and social do not seem to be enough to reflect the complexity of contemporary society. The political is defined as the domain of practices and meanings associated with basic issues of social power as they pertain to the organization authorization legitimation and regulation of a social life held in common. This definition is in accord with the view that political change is important for responding to economic, ecological and cultural challenges.

Environment sustainability is the process of making sure current processes of interaction with the environment are pursued with the idea of keeping the environment as pristine as naturally possible based on ideal-seeking behavior. Thus, environmental sustainability demands that society designs activities to meet human needs while indefinitely preserving the life support systems of the planet.

Consumption of renewable resources
State of environment
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