Sustainable Development And The Triple Bottom Line
Sustainable development means that the present generations should be able to make use of resources to live better lives in such a manner that it doesn’t compromise the ability of future generations to survive and make better lives for themselves as well. For sustainable development to occur, there needs to be sustainable economic, ecological and community development. Society needs to be educated about ways in which they can use resources, especially natural, in such a manner that it doesn’t cause harm to the environment and put future generations lives at risk.
Sustainability planning should be made on the local, national and international levels. We need to be able to utilize our economic and natural resources in a way that will enhance our lives but not inflict damage to the environment. For example, when trees are cut down for paper production they should be re-planted to prevent massive deforestation of our planets forests/natural environments. “What might appear sustainable or unsustainable on a local scale may not be at a global scale.” (Braun, 2005: 639). This is why as many people as can be taught about sustainability should be taught, so as to make people aware of their actions on the environment and how they impact on the ecology, community, economy and the generations to follow.
Laws, especially environmental laws, should be created and put in place to prevent the massive and unsustainable use of resources in the environment. “Local-global relationships conducive to sustainability” (Braun, 2005: 640) should be developed and implemented world over to try to enforce and reinforce global, political and economic change towards sustainability.
Sustainable development, “development which protects the environment, development which advances social justice” is what government, business and the people at large should be concerned about. (Harris, 2000: 5) This is the kind of development that will advance us and help us live healthy, better, rich lives without posing a threat on the environment or posterity to depend on the environment for life. Furthermore, protecting the environment means that the species residing in the different habitats of the environment are automatically set out of danger and protected as well.
We should promote the conservation of our ecologies by reducing the amount of waste that goes directly into the environment and promoting green thinking and living all across the world. For instance, we could protect our environment by reducing the amount of cattle that feed in a certain area and by prohibiting the introduction of alien-invasive species as they deplete minerals and food in the soil for other plants to consume.
There are three groups or key aspects to sustainable development, namely these are Economic, Environmental/Ecological and Social/Community Devlopment.
Economic –“an economically sustainable system must be able to produce goods and services on a continuing...