WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
Sustainability is a state of dynamic equilibrium achieved by taking responsibility for
balancing long term economic, environmental and social health --for
ourselves, our communities, and our world.
Sustainability brings to light the connections
between natural and human communities.
Sustainability implies evolving our local and global civilization in a manner that makes sense socially, ecologically and economically.
IT MEANS TREATING OUR WORLD AS IF WE INTEND TO STAY...
One commonly understood idea of sustainability is the capacity for
continuance into the long term. This concept surfaces throughout history,
reflected, for example, in the “seventh generation” philosophy of the Native
American Iroquois Confederacy, which mandated that tribal chiefs always
consider the effects of their actions on descendants seven generations in the
The most popular recent definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987
United Nations Conference and states that sustainability in the context of
development is: “Development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
(Report of the Brundtland Commission, “Our Common Future,” 1987)
Whether we are aware of it or not, our everyday behaviors and practices are determining our destiny and that of the entire community of life for generations to come.
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