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Sustainable development movement

Definitions of Sustainable Development

The commonly-accepted and often-cited definition of Sustainable Development is that given in Our Common Future, the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also called the Bruntland Report, after the commission chairman, Mrs. G. H. Bruntland):

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

While this definition is quite general, the Sustainable Development movement is specifically recognised as promoting simultaneous economic and social development and environmental stewardship. The philosophy of Sustainable Development is that none of these should be sacrificed for the other. Social, economic and environmental values represent the 'triple bottom line' businesses are urged to manage. The Sustainable Development movement also consistently recognises that government, business, and society each have a vital role to play in making progress.

Origin of the Sustainable Development Movement

One of the milestones of the environmentalist movement was the Club of Rome's publication of its 1972 report, Limits to Growth, predicting a crisis food shortage and direct environmental and other consequences if growth were not slowed. In 1974, the Bariloche Foundation published Limits to Poverty, calling for growth and equity for the Third World. The Sustainable Development movement represents a reconciliation of environmental concerns of the North, with the economic and social concerns of the South.

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