What is sustainability
Sustainability can be seen as an expression of the wear of a technology or a culture on our natural resources. Meeting the present needs and desire for development of society and citizens, while also protecting natural ecosystems, requires sustainable development.
Sustainable development is based on reducing climate impacts and ensuring balanced use of resources. Planning and action must aim to maintain these ideals perpetually.
Sustainability involves all levels from the highly local to the completely global.
The World Commission on Environment and Development’s report from 1987: Our Common Future (the Brundtland Report) defines sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”.
The 3 perspectives of sustainability
Sustainability also has an economic, social, and ecological angle.
The intention behind sustainability is to structure civilization and human activity in such a way that you can meet the current needs and desire for development of society and citizens, while also preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems.