the lEAGUSEY AND Environmental Stability
What is Environmental Stability
Environmental sustainability has become a discussion that now encompasses all aspects of our lives – from creating eco-homes and environmentally conscious communities, to sourcing sustainable food, renewable energy, low impact furniture and clothing.
But what does environmental sustainability actually mean?
There are many definitions in use by green groups, business and politicians – some simple, and some more complex. The concept of sustainable development was first put forward in the 1987 report ‘Our Common Future’, prepared for the World Commission on Environment and Development. In short, the report recognised the links between inequality, poverty and environmental degradation, and were seeking a way forward for a fairer world with less damage to the environment while at the same time supporting communities. Our Common Future, or the Bruntland Report, established the concept of sustainable development as the way forward for a fairer society, which looks after its resources. The report defined sustainable development as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Therefore, environmental sustainability is ensuring that, in meeting our needs for water, food and shelter, along with engaging in activities that make our lives enjoyable – including leisure and entertainment – we don’t cause damage to our environment or deplete resources that we can’t renew.