Substainable Development Papers for Research and Personal Use
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
GOALS, INDICATORS, VALUES, AND PRACTICE
By Robert W. Kates, Thomas M. Parris, and Anthony A.
Sustainable development is . . .
Considering that the concept of sustainable development is now enshrined on the masthead of Environment magazine, featured on 8,720,000 Web pages,1 and enmeshed in the aspirations of countless programs, places, and institutions, it should be easy to complete the sentence.2 But the most widely accepted definition is creatively ambiguous: "Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations ..Read more
Our Common Journey:
A Transition Toward Sustainability (1999)
A transition is under way to a world in which human populations are more crowded, more consuming, more connected, and in many parts, more diverse, than at any time in history. Current projections envisage population reaching around 9 billion people in 2050 and leveling off at 10 to 11 billion by the end of the next century approaching nearly double that of today's 6 billion. Most of this
future growth will be concentrated in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where the need to reduce poverty..Read more
The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
The global transition has begun—a planetary society will take shape over the coming decades. But its outcome is in question. Current trends set the direction of departure for the journey,not its destination. Depending on how environmental and social conflicts are resolved, global development can branch into dramatically different pathways. On the dark side, it is all too easy to envision a dismal future of impoverished people, cultures and nature.Indeed, to many, this ominous possibility seems the most likely. But it is not inevitable.
Humanity has the power to foresee, to choose and to act. While it may seem improbable, a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity and a healthy planet is