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. Sustainability Science In defining sustainability, there are two primary themes: Universalist
Improving the energy performance of existing buildings is important to increasing our energy independence. Government and private sector organizations are aiming to build net zero energy buildings to decrease dependence on fossil fuels. 3. Protect and Conserve Water Fresh water is a scarce resource. building changes the ecological and hydrological function of land, a sustainable building should look for minimizing the impacts .
Some arguments posit that the environment is self-sustainable and the resources should be utilized for development purposes. In the Redwoods case, establishments on how best resources should be utilized are established. Locke’s theories will be analyzed in the case relative to the use, regulation and benefits of environmental resources. John Locke establishes in his ideology of the ‘labor theory’; that experience is what contributes to development of the human race (Trachtenberg 3). Through experience, one gets to understand what benefits can be drawn from existent resources.
Environmental sustainability seeks to explain the ways in which exploitation and utilisation of the natural resources will not be made to negatively affect the environment or the health of human beings (Kahn 1995). 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
All parts of our society, be it the government, business or individuals are encouraged to operate in more environmentally friendly ways, to aid sustainability for the world. This, we have to be clear on the significant role we play in delivering a sustainable world. It is such an eyesore to witness the sick environment that is happening around us, yet the society seems to be ignorant about it up until now. However, there are several methods that can be made in order to create an environmental friendly community in today’s society, namely, raise awareness, preserve the ecosystems and by practicing 3R. For a community to be environmentally friendly, we must begin with the first simple step, which is raising the awareness among our society regarding environmental issues.
Therefore, we need to think about tomorrow with respect to every action that we take in the environment and in this case we can say that sustainable development requires slower population growth. With this in mind, we need to be educated through our cultures about the impact we caused to the environment as we continue to reproduce. The challenge of environmental ethics has led to the attempt to apply traditional ethical theories, including consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, to support contemporary environmental concerns; the preservation of biodiversity as an ethical goal; the broader concerns of some thinkers with wilderness, the built environment and the politics of poverty; the ethics of sustainability and climate change, and some directions for possible future developments of the discipline [ CITATION And15 \l 1033 ]. With this multi-dimensional approach one can see that it is more of a cultural issue to think of it from its origin. We have grown to see our parents have children, build houses, buy cars cultivate farmlands, explore timber and many other aspects.
However; we should not assume that things we cannot measured easily is not important. The agency of European Environment (EEA) had described the indicators as: parameters or value which derived from the parameters describe the environment situation and its impact to the human beings, material and ecosystem, the pressure on environment, driving forces and responses which steer that system. An indicators that have been selected The effect on the surround environment by social, ecological, economic, etc. called sustainability. Sustainability makes the people to be able to reduce/control the effects on planet, save resources, save money, protect plants, lands, animals and humans.
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). The Three Pillars of Sustainability The society, environment and economy are interconnected entities which form the three pillars of sustainability (Giddings, Hopwood and O’Brien, 2002). Each of these pillars depends on each other in some way in order to operate.
Sustainable Area Mevan Srishanmugathasan 1001578857 GGR111H5F October 23rd, 2014 The term sustainable city, or eco-city is primarily used to describe a city designed with the thought of environmental impact, repressed by society dedicated to the minimization of essential inputs of energy, provisions, water, and an assortment of waste outputs which include high temperatures, methane as well as water pollution. In simpler terms sustainable city is often seen as one which inspires economic, environmental and social sustainability through the design of its environment. Through this fieldwork individuals will be able to analyze a explicit area and the sustainability of the vicinity using preset standards based on the 8 indicators