Friday, 20 March 2009

Sustainability revisited

In 1987 a new concept in environmental and human affairs was introduced with the Brundtland Declaration: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Implicit in this often-quoted definition is the idea that the natural environment faces stress and overexploitation and will not be able to indefinitely meet escalating human demands.

Even before that in 1985 The Vienna Convention refers to the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer, adopted by the governments of the world.

So where do YOU think we have we come to in those 14 plus years since in regards to rescuing our little planet? (yes this is meant to stirr up a conversation as I am truly keen to find out where you stand in all this)

Interested to hear your opinions and ideas ...


  1. Wow, 1985 and it was being talked about then. I'm really trying to make an effort, but the local caouncil doesn't help, nor the supermarkets etc. 1985-2009 is a long time and we need to do a lot more in the next 24 years.

  2. I do agree Kevin - but it's the 'people' who need to lead on that - and not wait for the councils... after all, major change has always been initiated from passionate individuals and their momentum then created a ripple-effect and the governments had to follow up on with support :) every little helps (cling,cling) LOL :)