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The Three Stages in Sustainability

Discover the three stages in sustainability.
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There is no global consensus on what is sustainability or what constitutes sustainable development!

But we do have an understanding of the three stages of sustainability.

  1. Unsustainable – Current growth path
  2. Sustainable development – Process of moving towards a more sustainable society
  3. Sustainable/ Sustainability – A state in which we can sustain ourselves

The Brundtland Definition Highlights

Needs of society

  • Inter-generational and intra-generational equity
  • Equitable/fair and just distribution of resources amongst members of society

Finite Resources

  • Fulfill needs using finite resources – minimising the negative impact on the environment
  • Eco-efficiency:
    • Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and heavy metals
    • Reduce our dependence on synthetic chemicals that persist in nature
    • Reduce our destruction of nature

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What is the role of organisations in promoting sustainable development or helping society in becoming sustainable?

Note: The term organisation covers a range of entities including incorporated and non-incorporated entities, profit-making and not-for-profit, and ownership structures (private and public sector.)

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