Obfuscation of sustainable development

Other Names:
Confusing definitions of sustainability

The term "sustainability" was born partly in an effort to obfuscate to paper the tensions between the fact that societies are overexploiting the planet's physical resources and the fact that the same societies are reluctant to stop this rapaciousness. The terms "sustainable development" and "sustainable growth" do not refer to anything commonly familiar and thus are unlikely to produce the global change in thinking required to reverse the current age of unsustainable developments.

The essntial choice facing humanity is between continued economic growth - between an expanding, interdependent world economy - and the changes in life style - particularly in the developed world - necessary to produce a healthy environment. The largest environmental problems - global warming, destruction of habitat - are essentially caused by economic and population growth. The transition of modern societies to a world of tighter limits - by choice now, or necessity later - requires voluntary reduction in the size of economies and populations to a more sustainable environmental level.
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
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
11.08.2020 – 19:43 CEST