Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the possibility for future generations to meet their own needs. This concept implies a new attitude towards the environment in which we act as we have not inherited it from past generations, but as we are borrowing it from the future.
The society we live in is a consumer society. Every day we buy and use a range of products, but what we rarely ask is how these products are produced and what impact they have on the environment. For all products that are manufactured a large amount of natural resources are exploited, various harmful chemicals are used which are then released into the water and soil and together with thousands of tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. In other words we take the resources from nature, we use them to create the products we need, and after some period of time we throw and then burn these products in landfills.
This method has long been considered acceptable until people realized that nature and its resources are not available in endless quantities and that one day we will face a point where the available resources will be significantly reduced, and some will even be completely exhausted. It was after this realization that the concept of sustainable development emerged.
One of the definitions of sustainable development is: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This translates to using energy and energy resources in a way that won’t negatively impact future generations. The negative effects of modern development can be seen in the excess pollution of the planet and exhaustion of fossil fuels as resources. Sustainable development aims to increase the quality of life for us and for future generations.
Our decisions and way of life are crucial for future generations; their quality of life depends on us!