Essay about Critique On Sustainability : Sustainability

940 Words Nov 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Critique on Sustainability
Sustainability is a term thrown around and around by all development professionals, the term is used to justify policies and plans and used to win over citizens votes, however the term is not understood by all and especially those that the term and its usage influences. Sustainability was introduced by the Brundtland Commission as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” which was further refined to include development and reads “sustainable development refers to social, economic, and environmental development that meets the needs of current society without compromising or limiting future development and growth.” this essay looks at what this meaning means as well as its effectiveness. An important concept to consider with this statement is that development should meet the “needs” of the people. What are these needs people have? These needs will be briefly highlighted in this essay. Another concept drawn from this definition is “compromising” stating that limitations on technology and social organisation on the environment to meet present and future generations’ needs to be imposed. These compromises will also be discussed in this essay and the effects they have on society.
In broad terms the definition of sustainability is thus for a society to develop sustainably it must provide for the development of social well-being and economic grown within the…

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