Sustainability

Live in harmony with the natural world

Sustainability has often been defined as how biological systems can be maintained so that they remain diverse, productive and endure long into the future.

 

However, the 21st-century concept of sustainability has had to go beyond these narrow parameters and grow in scope to include the development of viable models and technologies for both the human race and planet Earth to survive.

 

Subsequently, sustainability is a balancing act. As noted in the United Nations 1987 report titled ​Our Common Future: The World Commission on Environment and Development ,​ sustainable development must meet the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations.

And furthermore, in 2000 the Earth Charter broadened the definition of sustainability to include the idea of a global society ‘founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace’.

 

Since old models of consumption and industrialisation will not support the world’s growing population, and access to clean water and natural resources becomes more difficult, a new approach to living is called for.

A Need for Conservation and Energy

Though it may be tough to accept, it’s no secret that economic growth and our need for energy has come at the cost of the environment.

In answer to this challenge, experts from across many fields are looking into ways in which we can slow or prevent rising pollution levels, conserve natural resources and protect remaining natural environments.

Developing a Sustainable Society

A sustainable society is founded on equal access to clean water, nutrition, health care, education, shelter, energy, employment, economic opportunities and social justice for all.

In this society, humans live in harmony with their natural environment, conserving resources not only for their own generation but also for future generations — for their children’s children and for all other living beings.

Each citizen enjoys a high quality of life and there is equality amongst all people.

Supporting Sustainable Business

Businesses today are facing new challenges. They’re being asked to create and put in place long-term practices that respect the environment, the well being of employees and
future generations. Meanwhile, these same businesses are expected to improve profitability, fund innovation and increase market share for current stakeholders.

Subsequently, businesses are in need of guided support through this transition period.

Advances in Sustainable Technology and Development

Amid all the gloom surrounding the future, the promise of scientific innovations and breakthroughs shines brightly.

Optimists hope that new technologies, built with environmentally sound practices, can
support a sustainable, healthy and happy population.

Investigating Climate Change

No matter how you look at it, global warming and climate change are major issues for our world.

Debates on their impact continue to dictate government policies, corporate decisions and individual actions and though this is a step in the right direction, more research needs to be carried out to further help our leaders make the right decisions.