What is sustainable development?
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Updated June 01, 2013
Hans Jonas (German philosopher, 1903-1993) advanced the idea that the Western economic model can not be sustainable over the long term, if not become more environmentally friendly.
Hans Jonas put the idea of a duty vis-à-vis the things to come, the potential lives that we threaten and vulnerable and it gives man a responsibility.
Driven by the alarmist comments from our indicators, the idea of sustainable development is now widely adopted worldwide. Entire planet, as one man, rushed into anything that can at once reduce social inequality and environmental stress. Sustainable development is a development model applied to growth and reconsidered in the world, to take into account the ecological and cultural aspects of the planet.
The definition of sustainable development was proposed in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development in the Brundtland Report: "Development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs."
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister.
Now that man has signed a moral contract with nature, we will have back on our laurels.
Everything we do, food, shelter, clothing, education, work, live in a healthy environment, is to reinvent. Our generation has taken full advantage of resources to enrich themselves without considering the long-term consequences.
It is now time to think about tomorrow.
We'll have to learn to consume less and especially to use renewables to avoid compromising future generations. It is primarily on transport and in particular on motor vehicles, that efforts must be raised, since transport 90% dependent on oil.
For example, the electric car should be industrialized rapidly as demand is already present.
Scientists say it will reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, 60 to 80% by 2050 to limit the extent of the damage ahead.
The challenge is enormous and the changes it entails, such as the abandonment of oil as main energy source, will be painful.
Image: The changes we are seeing: global warming, melting ice and glaciers, rising sea levels, hurricanes, population displacement, desertification, industrial pollution, erosion of biodiversity...
Citizens are the heart of sustainable development
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Sustainable development calls for a radical change in behavior of everyone (citizens, businesses, local governments, international institutions) face of threats to the planet and especially on humanity (social inequalities, industrial and health risks, climate change, loss of biodiversity...).
The excesses and failures reported to our development have reached their limits.
All new projects in our society will address it.
The effects of industrialization (global warming, melting ice and glaciers, rising sea levels, hurricanes, population displacement, desertification, industrial pollution, erosion of biodiversity, etc.), we now appear alarmingly.
Think "collective and not individual asks to review our economic theory, market forces are an individual concept, a global regulator should be organized for the good of humanity, before the damage is irreversible.
If citizens are at the heart of sustainable development, states need to be exemplary in their public policies. "Think global but act local"
Under the influence of its rapid changes, entire ecosystems are modified.
Our pattern of consumption requires animal and plant species to adapt more quickly than is possible for them to do so. Therefore, strong competition between species moved for access to resources and space.
Now, the living world is watching us!