The most common definition of sustainability or sustainable development was established by the Brundtland Commission in 1983. It defines sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
But what’s really happening, and why? This video offers a clear, more scientific explanation of sustainability.
We all want economies to grow, companies to prosper and people to thrive. We all want to live in a world that allows these things to be a reality today and for generations to come. Yet we – people, businesses, industry, government – are all responsible in one form or another for our actions that threaten the values we cling to.
Sustainability is about living within the earth’s limits; respecting that there are limits to ecosystem resources and the earth’s ability to withstand human impacts. There are four root causes of unsustainability:
Many are convinced that the urgency for action on sustainable development has never been greater. In 2015, the United Nations achieved international agreement for its 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which outlines 17 Goals that cover these five key themes:
Absolutely. As interconnected beings, we all have a role to play in saving the planet for future generations.
We at Sustainable Hamilton Burlington believe that a sustainable economy starts with sustainable businesses. Forward-thinking business leaders have the strength, the drive and the opportunity to effect positive action throughout your organizations. You can serve as the catalysts for change. Small steps lead to big changes, which in turn can lead to positive environmental impact. The effects will ripple through communities, governments and the world. Not to mention, the positive benefits of realizing greater sustainable value for your company, institution or organization.
If you want to create hope and resilience for the future, we need you to be bold. Step forward. We’re here to help.
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