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SUSTAINABITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE MAIN THEORIES AND DEBATES ABOUT “SUSTAINABILITY” WHAT WOULD A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY LOOK LIKE?
Sustainability was first introduced in the UN document “Our Common Future”, it has since gathered a huge debate on its true definition which seems to escape many, but however it has a broad known meaning. Sustainability is the promotion of human wellbeing while simultaneously conserving the environment. I have come to understand sustainability as using today’s resources in a manner that will ensure that our future generations also get to use the same resources, we have to be very keen in the usage of the resources so as to ensure they are not depleted. The economy and social justice must be taken into consideration when dealing with sustainability. The natural resource problems are characterized by complexity and messiness, resulting in a view of complexity when thinking about sustainability. To properly address sustainability, the understanding of the main theories and debates of sustainability.
In defining sustainability, there are two primary themes: Universalist …show more content…
The regime in this case was pollution was affecting the landscape, thus the solution to this is the rise of new innovations that will be more efficient, reducing the need for people to travel farther to get access to shops and towns, and improving the current modes of travel so as to lessen their impact on the
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During the end of nineteenth century and the beginning of twentieth, America developed fast even passed over the Great Britain and France, those classic capitalism countries. What caused America became powerful at that time? The social economy and natural geographic location. These two elements interact each other. Social economy included the social system, political system, industrial development and every economic environment.
Next, there are the consequences due to the new machinery which effects the water conditions within the country. In the revolution, a negative reflection on these new ideas includes the damage to the country’s water caused by pollution. In document 6, the area was filled with “defective supplies of water, causing both a decrease in lifespan and wellbeing. Without clean water, a person can not fulfill their necessary needs to live, so this creates a major decrease in both the number of people and the water supply itself. Last, the overall atmosphere has been compromised in relation to the new evolution of products.
The industrial revolution brought abundant material benefits at the expense of humans. Mechanisation had improved accuracy and speed in production of items. It was free from human error and business owners did not have to pay for employees. They did not have to worry about sick employees that would reduce the output of items. The more items produced lead to higher profits and potential to employ more workers.
One of the first solutions is the governments should create measures, such as make streetcar that is an energy saving and promote other transit systems, like bicycles or eco-friendly electric cars. In fact, the train and the streetcar are the most eco-friendly vehicles, because these produced lower CO2 emissions than cars and air plane. In Europe, twenty cities in 11countries are using these eco-friendly vehicles. Therefore, European people are actively working on decrease the environmental problems. If Hawaiian people use these eco-friendly vehicles, people will be stress reliever of the traffic congestion as well.
ASSESSMENT/AUDIT 1. Understanding of why it is important to measure sustainability and the associated problems and conflicts of different indicator sets and types Evidence – It is really difficult to find exact concept for measuring sustainability. For instance the measurement of life parameters is differ between different cultures and individuals. So, different solutions will be required to be found for many different communities. However; we should not assume that things we cannot measured easily is not important.
Environmental sustainability considers the ways through which resources will not be used up faster than they are being replenished, and the transition toward low carbon emissions despite the increasing population. Figure 3.1: The Three Pillars of Sustainable Development Source: Kahn (1995) The theoretical framework used by Kahn explains the need to integrate and appropriately co-ordinate the economic, social and environmental units of a country to achieve sustained social and economic development. In other words, to realise qualitative growth rather than
I agree with the assertion that in the context of Sustainable Development ‘the reality of life today is that the economy dominates environment and society. The Concept of Sustainable Development Sustainable development refers to “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”, and was produced by the Brundtland report (WCED, 1987). The concept also takes into account the needs of the poor in developing countries by outlining achievable objectives of importance (WCED, 1987).
Sustainable development is a model that aims to link the idea of what is to be sustained, with what is to be developed, and focuses on three pillars, economics, social and environmental (Kates, Parris, and Leiserowitz, 2005; pp. 3). As a holistic approach it seeks to develop the three pillars, on a local, regional and global level. This paper will analyse the concept of sustainable development and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach will be discussed. Firstly, a background of this model will be presented, which will explore the three pillars. Secondly, the strengths and weaknesses will be evaluated, and lastly, a brief contrast will be provided of the opinions of sustainable development between the Global North and Global South.
Introduction: Our earth is the most precious gift of the universe. It is the sustenance of ‘nature’ that is the key to the development of the future of mankind. It is the duty and responsibility of each one of us to protect nature. It is here that the understanding of the ‘environment’ comes into the picture. The degradation of our environment is linked with the development process and the ignorance of people about retaining the ecological balance.
The reading assignments for this week has been very educative about the environment and making it a better place for living. In this written assignment, I will examine some of the ethical issues related to population growth and their effect to the environment. Also, I will propose solutions to these problems base on the reading material available for this Unit. But before I continue, I wish to introduce us to environmental ethics and its definition which I think it is very important for us to understand so as to know our role to play in this beautiful planet. Environmental ethics is the discipline in philosophy that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its non-human contents
It has involved multiple stakeholders in areas such as environmental science, community development and planning, business entrepreneurship, social work, and environmental and social justice. Traditionally, the relationship between these stakeholders has been one of proximity, but not integration. Now there are calls for greater interdisciplinary focus and collaboration to meet the economic and societal needs of people that are environmentally more sustainable. There needs to be greater recognition among the different disciplines involved, that the link between the economy, society, and nature is intrinsically interdisciplinary. An interdisciplinary approach requires stakeholders to move beyond inflexible and traditional ways of thinking and problem-solving and embrace collaboration, creativity, innovation, and novel insights and perspectives.
Sustainability: If you take a look around at what’s really happening in our world, there’s an inescapable pattern of ‘what’s going on is simply unsustainable’ and in other words, it can’t go on for much longer. Sustainability is to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. As cities began to grow with the population increase, the need for a sustainable development became more apparent as resources began to diminish in quantity and value. Left to it’s own devices, the Earth is a sustainable system.
Sustainable development, as its name suggests, is a concept continually elaborating. The most commonly used definition, according to World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), is the development which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987). It shows the importance of considering benefits for both current and future generations and strongly supports economic development, while it also implies when accessing environment and natural resources, human beings tend to take an anthropocentric view, that the primary goal is to satisfy human needs. With no regard for earth as a life-support system, a development will not be considered sustainable. Therefore, by taking economic, social, environmental issues into accounts is a key approach to develop sustainably in different contexts.