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The Answers: Sustainability by Zoë Robinson

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1   INTRODUCTION

In truth, sustainability as a concept encompasses many parts. Part climate change, part development, part ethics and part social justice, sustainability really is an over-reaching concept. It was defined by the UN on 20 March 1987: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Although this definition is not universally accepted, it does get the general idea across rather succinctly.

Sustainability consists of three pillars: environmental, social and economic. The reconciliation of these three pillars is the ultimate ...

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