Sustainable Development: Balancing Society and the Environment

Sustainable development

Sustainable Development: Balancing Society and the Environment

Sustainable development is an approach to development that balances different needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society.

 

Examples of sustainable development include:

  • investing in various types of renewable energy such as solar energy, hydropower, wind or biomass fuels
  • creating more green cities and green spaces like parks where plants and wildlife can thrive
  • promoting sustainable agriculture and farming methods such as crop rotation

A commonly referenced definition comes from the Brundtland Report: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The world is facing serious environmental challenges including climate change, freshwater depletion, ocean over-fishing, deforestation, water and air pollution and hunger. Sustainable development is crucial as it focuses on improving human-environment interaction by prioritizing the management and protection of the earth’s natural resources for future generations, as well as for the millions of other species on our planet.

By promoting stable economic growth, conservation of natural resources, environmental protection and social progress and equality, we can conserve and enhance our natural resources so that all countries can meet basic needs of employment, food, energy, water and sanitation.

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