“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".Some people may lay more emphasis on aspects like:
- healthy people and futures
- regeneration of land and communities
- education, food and water for all
- agriculture, farming and Fair Trade policies
- climate change and energy resources,
- building, housing , construction and infrastructures
- waste minimisation
- the environmental impact and performance of business
The existence and supply of water, energy, paper, petrol, food, travel, peace, health and wellbeing just to mention a few things, is very much taken for granted especially by those of us living in developed countries.
But how many of us stop and think of the consequences if they were no longer available?
The sad fact is that this statement could become reality in the next 50 years if we do not act now to prevent this "out of stock situation".
As a result of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, governments worldwide are having to face the stark reality that economic development and growth has had a high a price tag to pay - over consumption of energy and environmental destruction.
Two major problems in respect of this are:
- The depletion of natural resources
- The end of life disposal of consumer goods
As a result of the Rio Earth Summit, the governments of the United Nations around the world have signed up to Agenda 21 to stop this destruction of our natural environment and protect it from human impact.
It is widely acknowledged and accepted that our current levels of living, consuming and producing are unsustainable and so we all must make an effort to think, live and act differently. It is never too soon to start!