Sustainability and sustainable development - What is sustainability and what is sustainable development?
The definition of sustainability is not nearly as simple as it might seem, likewise with the definition of sustainable development. This is best illustrated by the fact that there are over 200 different definitions to what is sustainable development.
However, the most common definition was defined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987, who documented the sustainable development definition as:
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
This implies that we need to look after our planet, our resources and our people to ensure that we can live in a sustainable manner and that we can hand down our planet to our children and our grandchildren to live in true sustainability.
What is sustainability? The three pillars of sustainability
But what is sustainability? The definition of sustainability may be taken further and it is widely accepted that to achieve sustainability we must balance economic, environmental and social factors in equal harmony. This may be illustrated with a sustainability Venn diagram, as shown below:
So to achieve true sustainability we need to balance economic, social and environmental sustainability factors in equal harmony. These may be defined as:
Sustainability versus sustainable development
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