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Sustainable development. Ines Kavgić TASK #1. Which quote best describes sustainable development and why? Put the statements in order of preference. “The earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed.” ( Mahatma Gandhi )

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sustainable development

Sustainable development

Ines Kavgić

Which quote best describes sustainable development and why?Put the statements in order of preference
  • “The earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • “The Earth belongs to everyone, not part of it to certain people but all of it to everyone, to be enjoyed and cared for.” (Michael Foreham)
  • “The interconnectedness of life is both a blessing and a curse; possibilities are boundless and consequences endless. Every value judgement we make ripples into a life somewhere.” (Paula Owens)
official definition of sustainable development
Official definition of sustainable development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.

(World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987)


Human needs

Environmental needs

  • Sustainability:
  • the best possible balance between human and natural needs
  • for now and the future.
in reality a complex term
In reality… a complex term



etc. etc.

aspects of sustainable development
Aspects of Sustainable Development

“Meeting the needs of the present”meanssatisfying:

1. Economical

2. Social

3. Environmental

4. Political

5. Cultural

magic number three

A broader concept (People, Planet, Profit) than just environmental care (Planet).

Three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle

Three E’s: economy, ecology, education/equity/energy

Meeting such needs “without undermining the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” means:

1. Minimizing theuse or waste of non-renewable resources.

2.Minimizing the waste (RRR).

3. Sustainable use of renewable resources.

4. Keeping within the absorptive capacity of local and global sinks of wastes.


Business: Key actor in the realm of economy.

  • Government: Key actor in the realm of polity.
  • Civilsociety: Key actor in the realm of culture.
principles of sustainable development

Primacy of Developing Full Human Potential

Holistic Science and Appropriate Technology

Cultural, Moral and Spiritual Sensitivity


National Sovereignty

Gender Sensitivity

Peace, Order and National Unity

Social Justice, Inter-, Intra-Generational and Spatial Equity


Participatory Democracy

Institutional Viability

Viable, sound and broad-based economic development

Sustainable Population

Ecological Soundness

Biographical Equity and Community-Based Resource Managementt

Global Cooperation


Sustainable Development is a relevant concept in the process of socio-economic and political growth in the modern society.

Trinitarian approach to development– the key actors are not only coming from the government sector but also: the process of socio-economic and political development must be shared by the business and civil society respectively.

The idea of SD and the different programs and principles is not an instant magic formula.

concepts of sustainable development
Concepts of Sustainable Development
  • Understanding how people, the environment & the economy are linked at all levels.
  • Recognising the importance of taking individual responsibility to ensure the world is a better place.
  • Understand our basic needs & the needs of future generations.
  • Respect & value human diversity.
  • Understand that resources are finite and that this has implications for people’s lifestyles.

Discussion topics

How important is sustainable development to you?

Is it a hype or should we take it seriously?

What is being done to promote sustainable development in your country and your own region?

Which energy sources can we use without compromising the environment?

How could individuals contribute to a sustainable future? What could your role be?

task your task is to design a house for sustainable living
TaskYour task is to design a house for sustainable living
  • You need to think about the following:
  • Saving water
  • Saving energy
  • Recycling waste material
  • You need to produce a sketch of your house design with detailed annotations of the sustainable features.
  • You also need to include a description of your house with explanations as to why it is sustainable.