The Pros And Cons Of Sustainable Development

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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 …show more content…
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 has a wider definition which encompasses the environmental, social and institutions aspects of development.(WCED,1987).Many citizens may not be familiar with the term; however, our actions speak volumes and contributes to the negative or positive effects associated with it. “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”(World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). This has caused many debates in the differentiation of the terms “needs” and “wants” in society. The Oxford dictionary states that a need is requiring something because it is essential and not just desired (2015, page 789).However, the values, traditions and culture of societies changes this …show more content…
Societies will have many issues that have to be addressed in order for it to function in harmony and promote sustainability. Governments have a vital role in alleviating poverty, making education accessible, creating jobs for the country, and breaking the social division that exist within a society(WCED,1987). This concept appears to be ideal in theory rather than practice. These problems can be tackled through various programs, financial aids, and approaches but society as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them. Democracy or communism, the state or individual, and civil or public which either side one is on there will be the existence of them. The social pillar supports initiatives like peace, social justice, reducing poverty, and other grassroots movements that promote social equity (Yadadrop.com,

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