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

Improvement of lifestyle and well being, at the same time preserving natural resources and ecosystem. 

Eg: Solar energy, wind energy, crop rotation

Pillars of sustainable development:

  1. Social development
    • Improved income distribution
    • Gender equality
    • Investing in basic health and education
    • Emphasizing participation of the beneficiaries
  2. Economic development
    • Appropriate economic policies
    • Efficient resource allocation
    • More equitable access to resources
    • Increasing the productive capacity of the poor
  3. Environmental protection
    • Ecosystem integrity
    • Biological diversity
    • Managed population size
  4. Cultural diversity
    • Sensitivity to cultural factors
    • Recognition of values conductive to development

Desired outcomes of sustainable development

  1. Clean water and air
  2. Fertile soil
  3. Good food
  4. A livelihood and healthy economy
  5. An optimum population size
  6. Halting global warming
  7. Safety from poverty and disease
  8. Social contact and sense of community
  9. Work, rest and celebration
  10. Opportunities to learn
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