"Toward Sustainable Development": from Our Common Future
By Andrew Morris
After the Brundtland Commission a document called Our Common Future was distributed. The document was the foundation of sustainable development.
The Standard definition is "development that meets the needs of the present without jeopardizing the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs."
The document talks about how industrialized countries have reached a point where they are doing longterm damage on the environment just for short term growth.
Industrialized nations have had huge improvements in living standards but at an environmental cost. This exploit of resources has had impact on developed and developing nations.
Poverty can lead to environmental degradation too. If you are poor and have to farm you will cut down trees so you have more land to grow crops on and survive.
Poverty in urban areas in developing nations leads to slums with poor living conditions and the continue struggle of people to survive.
The solution is that nations should concentrate on sustainable development that helps the needs of the world's poor while making sure economic development does not lead to unsustainable practices.
The use of fossil fuels and non renewable resources should be limited to not deplete it rapidly and to make sure there is time to develop alternatives.
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