The term "sustainable development" was coined in 1987. The concept of sustainable development was proposed by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development in the Brundtland Report.
Sustainable development is development which meets people's current needs without compromising the capacity of future generations to meet their own. It includes three fundamental elements to be considered: environmental, economic and social.
Sustainable development is a need based on our right to inhabit a planet with limited natural resources, which are, therefore, susceptible to exhaustion. Moreover, growing economic activity in pursuit of profit at any cost, both locally and globally, leads to serious environmental problems that may be irreversible.
Limited natural resources give rise to three basic rules related to sustainable development:
No resource should be used faster than it is generated, to ensure that it is renewable.
No pollutant should be produced faster than it can be recycled, neutralised or absorbed by the environment.
No non-renewable resource should be used faster than it can be replaced it with a renewable resource used sustainably.
Of the main perceived risks that threaten the world, three are related to the environment: the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, water crises, and disproportionate population growth.
To palliate these risks, we must consider them from an environmental, economic and social standpoint, since everything in the world is interconnected. Every decision we make and action we take has a direct or indirect impact on the environment. As a result, it's important to live sustainably and practice sustainable development.
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