NHTV University of Applied Sciences
How Sustainable Am I ?
Let’s start with the definition of ‘sustainable’. According to the U.N. Brundtland Commission in Our Common Future (1987) sustainability means ‘the ability to sustain’ or, ‘the capacity to endure’. Definition of development, according to the English dictionary: the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing. Let’s now combine these definitions. Sustainable development means the process or growing of the capacity to endure. Combining this with our earth it means that we need to take care of our earth, cutting trees, processing CO2, gasses etc.
Sustainable development (SD) is a pattern of economic growth in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come (sometimes taught as ELF-Environment, Local people, Future) (Smith, Charles; Rees, Gareth, 1998).
People, planet & profit
In our current situation it seems that ‘we’ in general want the best for ourselves and our children. If our current situation is wealthy and we can live wealthy the care for the future planet is not for us to worry about. However, people, we, should consider what is of importance? Is it that we want our children to live a happy and healthy life, or is it that we want ourselves at the moment to live a happy and healthy life?
Throughout the years technical innovations made a mayor difference regarding use of the earth. It started with control of fire, the invention of the wheel, the increasingly more use of tools, the invention of human devices, the technologies of transportation and navigation, and those for recording and communicating messages.
The historical evolutionary process has been marked by a canonical increase in the complexity, size, and level of organization of human communities, and by their...
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