From Growth to Sustainability

  • Wouter Van Dieren


On first hearing, “sustainable development” sounds difficult—and certainly achieving sustainability looks to be one of the toughest challenges our species has ever faced. But the significance of this term is simple to sum up: it indicates a switch in environmental thinking from a necessary early obsession with emerging problems to a growing interest in environmental solutions which will be economically, socially, and politically viable. Sustainable development also potentially permits a much wider range of interests (environmental, social, political, economic, commercial) to make common cause. However, there are very different views on what the end-point of this process should be, what it will involve, who is responsible for initiating and guiding it, and how fast it should go.


Sustainable Development Natural Capital United Nations Environment Programme North American Free Trade Agreement World Wildlife Fund 
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