ES296 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Ozone Layer, United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification, Earth Summit

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Many definitions but most contain the three basic spheres" of consideration: economic growth environmental protection & social equality. Decisions/plans. actions. policies take into account all 3 spheres (environmental protection, economic growth, social equality) Something that seems sustainable, desirable at one scale may not be at others. What sounds sustainable to one community (or one person) may not to another. The origins of modern discussion of sustainability. The report of the world commission of environment and development headed by norwegian prime minister gro harlem brundtland. Published in 1987 as our common future. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of feature generation to meet their own needs. George perkins marsh, author of man and nature (1864) Influential, widely read book, warned the european settlement and poor management practices were permanently degreadining north american lands. Henry david thoreau, author of walden (1854)

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