What is Environmental Sustainability ?

In last some articles, we tried to understand the meaning of Sustainability.


Human beings are dependent on nature, directly or indirectly for the survival, irrespective of advancements in technology, IT, etc. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.


Sustainability is important to make sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. Sustainability has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid population growth, economic growth and consumption of our natural resources.


Let us try to understand the term " Sustainable Development "

  • Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

  • Based on two underlying premises –

  • Symbiotic Relationship Between the Consumer Human Race

  • The Producer Natural System and Compatibility between Ecology & Economy

Now let us look at the 2 vital elements of Sustainability for the Sustainable Development of the Society -


1. Economical Sustainability

• It’s about understanding that economic growth is only sustainable, if it simultaneously

improves our quality of life and the environment, e.g. Voluntary giving, Profit sharing

etc.

• Economic Sustainability focuses on the importance of stable economic growth.


2. Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable development is maintaining a delicate balance between the human need to improve lifestyles and feeling of well-being on one hand, and preserving natural resources and ecosystems, on which we and future generations depend.


• Today’s environmental problems like air pollution, are largely a consequence of the unsustainable consumption of natural resources and the mismanagement of waste product.

• Sustainable development is maintaining a delicate balance between the human need to improve lifestyles and feeling of well-being on one hand, and preserving natural resources and ecosystems, on which we and future generations depend.

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