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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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Sustainable development

To meet the array of environmental and ecological challenges it faces, what Asia must find are ways of making its economies sustainable – ones that ‘meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’, to quote the UN’s defining statement in the Brundtland Commission report, published in 1987.14

An important point about sustainability is that it does not require things to remain unchanged. We have to preserve vital ecosystems. Resources can be depleted provided we ensure there are other things that can perform a similar function for future generations, either directly (there is something else that can be used in its place) or indirectly (via an idea or invention ...

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