Social Sustainability And Environmental Sustainability Essay

1499 Words Dec 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Social sustainability has gained increased recognition for being key aspects of the sustainability debate in recent years. Previously, the concepts of environmental and economic sustainability were dominant in the social sustainability debate and it wasn’t until the 1990s that social issues of society were added into the subject of sustainability (Drexhage and Murphy, 2010). Social sustainability is defined by “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (World Commission on Environment and Development,2009:40.) A combination of the increasing population, rising levels of consumption and a limited amount of resources creates issues in the ability to meet the basic needs for society within the next 100 years and perhaps the United Nations Global Goals is the best way to gain a full understanding of what social sustainability is.
‘Our common future’ or the Brundtland Report (1987) is the key report that identified the need to work on social sustainability as well as economic and environmental sustainability. The report aimed to examine the global environment and its development to the year 2000 and beyond seeking to assess critical problems and identify realistic solutions (Brundtland, G. Mansour,K. Susanna Agnelli, S. et al:1987.) Since the Brundtland report and the Rio summit, social sustainability has shifted from an ideal to a concept which is widely accepted by international…

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