Essay about Sustainability

593 Words Sep 27th, 2013 3 Pages
What is Sustainable Development?
Sustainable development is development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."1 Sustainable Development is often described as being built on three, equally important foundations or pillars.

Social Development To have a sustainable future, the needs of people must be met equally. Needs are things like access to medical care, suitable housing, food, and sanitation. Additionally, people will want as high a standard of living as possible and this must be achieved in a way that does not harm or exploit others. Sustainable development addresses these needs by promoting equality, education and participation in local communities.
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examining the metaphysical foundations of the environment issues of environmental concern and sustainability are moral concerns which require moral response; environmental ethics guides moral response and helps answer basic concerns that relate to morality. constructing frameworks for articulating the human-nature relationship articulating an environmental moral theory so that it is rational and defensible arousing an environmental conscience. Ethics can change our attitude and influence how much our lifestyles and actions harmonize with nature.4

Who are the Stakeholders for Education for Sustainable Development? Some • • • • • key stakeholder groups for ESD include: Governments and intergovernmental bodies Mass media Civil society and non-governmental organizations The private sector Formal education institutions

These sectors can be further divided into sub-groups to demonstrate the wide range of people that can be engaged. Stakeholders will choose to become engaged in different ways. It is important to develop partnerships so that people learn from and support each other in their endeavors. 5

Adapted from: Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, World Commission on Environment and Development, Geneva, Switzerland,

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