Problem

Unsustainable development


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Environmentally unsustainable development
Failure to recognize ecological limits
Incidence:

Unsustainable development now compromises the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Global warming, destruction of the ozone shield, acidification of land and water, desertification and soil loss, deforestation and forest decline, diminishing productivity of land and waters, and extinction of species and populations, demonstrate that human demand is exceeding environmental support capacities. The annual increase in industrial production in 1989 is as large as that of Europe's total production in the 1930s. The populations of 74 countries are doubling every 30 years or less. Population growth increases poverty and deprived people are forced to undermine the productivity of the land on which they live. It is extremely difficult for people, or other species, to adjust to change at this rate.

Claim:

The industrial way of life with its ethos of expansion is not sustainable. Its termination within the lifetime of someone born today is inevitable – unless it continues to be sustained by an entrenched minority at the cost of imposing great suffering on the rest of humanity. We can be certain, however, that sooner or later it will end (only the precise time and circumstances are in doubt).

 

Problem Type:
A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
16.04.2019 – 10:09 CEST