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WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

 A major problem in the whole world right now is the excessive use of available resources. We are continuously using the natural irreversible resources up to the level of our own satisfaction without planning for the future. What we need to understand is that we are not using what our ancestors left for us rather, we are taking away what belongs to our future selves. We have to keep in mind the consequences of our actions on the future generation and therefore, choose a path that is sustainable enough.

Sustainable development is a method for such a careful and planned development. It means that availability of resources for the future generation which will allow them to have a average quality life, at least as good as what the current generation is enjoying.

The basic aim of this development is to make sure that the future generation does not suffer for the actions taken by us today. They get to live a life as comfortable as us.

At the same time, we should also focus on the economic growth. This is why the term ‘sustainable’ is used. The preservation of the world should be our prime focus along with rapid growth of our economy. A path is only sustainable if the stock of the capital assets is constant or rises with time.

The term ‘sustainable development’ was introduced by the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources (IUNC) 1980 in their World Commission Strategy report. According to them, sustainable development refers to the development that meets our own needs without compromising with the needs of the future generation.

AIMS

·       Sustainable use of resources without the taking anything away from the future generation

·       Prevent further damage to our support system – environment

·       To conserve the biodiversity and other resources for long-term needs

 

WAYS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

1.RESTRICT THE USE OF RENEWABLE REOURCES

Renewable resources should be extracted on a long-lasting and appropriate basis. What we have started to do is extract them as much as we can with the hopes of making profits without calculating if it is even needed or not.

 

2.SUBSTITUTE NON-RENEWABLE WITH RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Non-renewable resources like natural gas, oil, coal must be substituted with the renewable ones. Non-renewable resources are something that cannot be made by the man. At the rate that we are using these, it is definite that one day they will be extinct, and nothing will be left for the future. Therefore, we need to understand that only a certain amount of these resources must be used, and majorly renewable resources should be used.

 

3.BECOME INPUT EFFICIENT

The technology that we are using right now must be used in a way that it produces more of the input for renewable resources and not just consume them. It will help to increase the production of renewable resources and eventually non-renewable ones will be preserved.

 

4.POLLUTION AND POPULATION CONTROL

The extremely increasing pollution has already done enough damage to the ozone layer as we all know. A very important part of the environment has already started degrading because of our actions. This must be taken as a lesson by us and we should keep a heed on our activities. Also, the increasing percentage of human population is leading to an excessive use of resources and this needs to be controlled.