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Sustainability

July 13, 2011
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Sustainability means different things to different people.  It incorporates issues of the environment, such as global climate change, pollution and depletion of natural resources.  It deals with the human face of global scarcity, social justice and poverty.  It is a holistic framework to view the world in a new light and to see how we can create positive change.  Here are some of the most well-considered definitions from experts in the field:

Sustainable Development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Brundtland World Commission on the Environment and Development

Sustainability is a way of working and living that balances immediate needs for commerce, living, habitation, food, transportation, energy and entertainment with future needs for these resources and systems as well as the liveliness and support of nature, natural resources and future generations.

Natural Capitalism Solutions

Sustainability is about stabilizing the currently disruptive relationship between earth’s two most complex systems—humans culture and the living world.

Natural Capital Institute

Sustainable development is a process which enables all people to realize their potential and improve their quality of life in ways which protect and enhance the Earth’s life-support systems.
Jonathan Porritt, Forum for the Future

Continuous improvement of life quality that protects and balances the ecological, social and economic environments.
California Student Sustainability Coalition

Satisfying lives for all people while living within the means of nature. This requires that people do not use more ecological services than nature can regenerate.
Randy Hayes, International Forum on Globalization

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