Sustainable Development

Last weekend I heard this simple definition of “sustainability.”  It comes from the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (the so-called Bruntland Report) and seems to me to be a good measuring rod for determining what does and does not make sense from a perspective of sustainability:

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

Once the “needs of the present” (defined unselfishly) are met, how can our culture justify robbing future generations of the ability to meet their own needs, merely to create luxury and excess for ourselves?  I wonder if we are setting ourselves up to the be the villains of the future.

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