Sustainable Development

There are many different orgions and definitions of the term sustainable development but in 1987  the World Commission on Environment and Development’s report called the  Brundtland Report is by far the best and is now one of the most widely recognized definitions:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.”

All definitions of sustainable development require that we see the world as a system—a system that connects space; and a system that connects time.


Scheme of sustainable development: at the confluence of three constituent parts.(2006) –