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Critiques and criticisms of sustainability and sustainable development

VCEOES 4.1.1

Lashay Tricker

on 29 May 2012

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Transcript of Critiques and criticisms of sustainability and sustainable development

understandings and critiques of sustainability and sustainable development Understandings of ........ What is sustainability? The capabilities of industries of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage What is sustainable development? is a pattern of economic growth in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come What does the class think? Check out their definitions at http://wallwisher.com/wall/mscesd Critiques of sustainable development Criticism The term is vague It is difficult to measure We are often unaware of the consequences we cause until much later, therefore it is unpredictable "I know that this term is obligatory, but I find it also absurd, or rather so vague that it says nothing." Luc Ferry adds that the term is trivial by a proof of contradiction: "who would like to be a proponent of an “untenable development! Of course no one! [..] The term is more charming than meaningful. The term contradicts itself or is an oxymoron In my opinion this is an oxymoron, a term with nonsense meaning. To many people, "development" seems to imply that we can simply keep going as we have for the last 100 years, depleting resources on a large scale and polluting heavily. It puts human needs above the needs of the environment People have different understandings of the term or dont understand it at all What criticisms are evident?
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