Various definitions of sustainable development

There are a range of definitions of Sustainable Development. Most of them need a great deal more explanation of what they mean for us and our lives.

"Sustainability is essentially about humans' ability to learn, adapt and survive in changing circumstances"

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

Sustainable development is about
  • "ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and in the future. It involves the bringing together of social, environmental and economic issues into one over-arching objective."
  • "treating the Earth as though we intend to stay"
  • "living on Earth's income rather than eroding its capital"
  • "the interaction and interdependence of society, economy and environment, the needs of both present and future generations, the local and global implications of lifestyle choices"
  • "making changes to provide for the whole of the world's population while not destroying the environment."
  • "changing the world so that we provide for the needs of everyone on the planet now and future generations without destroying the environment."

    What is sustainability?
    What are the issues for AS and A2 students?
    Introducing sustainability to students
    Delving more deeply into sustainability
    Environmental, economic, social and moral issues
    Using creativity activities
    Other useful activities
    The student toolkit