The Construction Of The Brundtland Commission Paved The Pathway For Future Aggressive Plans

1181 Words Oct 9th, 2016 5 Pages
In the 1980’s, there was a shift to a new kind of development often termed an alternate development. The establishment of the Brundtland Commission paved the pathway for future aggressive plans designed to combat the environmental problems being faced globally. (WCED,1987).Prior to the 1980s, economies were in the rebuilding phase and recovering from years of warfare, civil unrest and other social issues. These countries had a universal goal, economic recovery, regardless of the implications and the consequences their actions would have on the environment (WCED,1987). There was not a sense of environmental risks being assessed and the commercial and residential methods of production were not in line with contemporary practices. In a nut shell, it was do what is required to survive and stimulate growth. In the 1980’s, societies had reached a point of economic stability and the countries had. Standard of living and quality of life had reached a level that citizens accepted and the overall well being of the society was evident. In 1987, The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report named Our Common Future. This was also termed the Brundtland Report and introduced what is now the most widely recognized definition of Sustainable Development (WCED,1987). Sustainable development is not a foreign term and is used interchangeably with the concept of economic development. However, this notion is wrong as sustainable development…

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