Environmental Sustainability Essay

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To meet the growing needs of the human population, the global society turned to other method to accommodate our needs, leading the shift from environmental protection towards sustainability. The idea of sustainability was first discuss at the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 by former Norwegian Prime Minister Brundtland. The idea of sustainability was described as a development that accommodate the needs of today’s society without compromising and limiting the needs of future generations. However, sustainability no long focus on only the environmental, sustainability “consists of the three dimensions “environment”, “economy” and “social well-being”, for which society needs to find a balance or even an optimum (Finkbeiner, …show more content…
Environmental sustainability is the maintenance of the natural capitals. Natural capital are natural assets or environmental resources, which includes but not limited to geology, water, carbon dioxide absorption, fossil fuels, minerals and waste assimilation. Natural capital and ecosystem are important in relation to environmental factors and climate change because it provides life-support to sustain human life. Naturally, natural capital has financial values that drives the economy (Global Development Research Center, n.d.). According to Goodland, environmental sustainability is urgent due to the deterioration of global life-support systems. Imposing a time limit on the ecosystem, leading the global society to creating more living space or more environment, such as exploring ways to build cities beneath the ocean and to colonize the moon to combat the exponential human growth population. However, we cannot “grow” into sustainability especially environmental sustainability. Time is limited and it is important to invest in ways to regenerate what human kind has already damaged. One main reason humans seek environmental sustainability is to protect the way of life humans has become accustomed to. While developed, countries rob the natural resources of less develop country, it is difficult to narrow the equality gap between the rich and the …show more content…
It would be difficult for the future to reach sustainability due to the limited capacity of the environment as it would be lower than it is today. This leads to the second dimension of sustainability, economy. “As environmental sustainability, does not allow economic growth much less sustained economic growth, it is difficult to have sustainable development and improvement in the quality of human life within the capacity of environment” (Goodland, p. 1). Economic growth and development consist of different concept in applying policy to the economy. “To grow” means an increase in size by the assimilation or while “to develop” means to expand the potentialities of bringing to a fuller or better state (Goodland p. 9). By this definition growths implies a quantitative material increase but development implies qualitative improvement. To narrow the economic gap between the rich and poor countries the environmental quality will be damage and compromise will be made to attain a hypothesized income” (Ekins, p.3). To continue the depletion of our environment by human activities are irreplaceable and unsustainable. Not all services or products provided by natural capital can be replaced by technology. Whether the alternatives can be expensive or inefficient. The well-being of the environment should play an enormous role in setting economic

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