An Essay on the Meaning of Sustainable Development

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ASSIGNMENT 1.

AN ESSAY ON THE MEANING OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

Introduction:

In this essay I will discuss what sustainable development means? I will also discuss weak and strong approaches to sustainability and how this is related to sustainable development. Finally I will discuss how Isaac Construction in Christchurch has adopted sustainable development practices. In order to somewhat understand what sustainable development means, you must first separate the two words and view them both individually.

Development and sustainability discussion:

Firstly, development can be seen as progress and growth which builds over time at both societal and individual levels. There are also three senses in which the word
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34). Strong sustainability as mentioned earlier in this essay is an environment-centred, balanced/sustained approach to the demands on Earths resources and for all human activities to be within the limitations of our natural eco-systems, and also to share those natural systems with other species (Phase2.org). In weak sustainability, Patterson states “manufactured capital can substitute for losses in natural capital” (p. 17), and also for that capital to be maintained from generation to generation so human society is economically sustainable (Patterson, M., 2002, p. 17). From the strong sustainability point of view this is negative. The perspective of strong sustainability is for natural capital to be maintained, because you can’t produce manufactured capital without natural capital. Natural capital can perform many economic functions when it is maintained properly. Such as environmental eco-systems that support human life and the co-existence of other species. Through strong sustainability natural capital when maintained over numerous generations, allows everyone over time to have equal access. This is difficult to do, being able to maintain natural capital over multiple generations. It is much easier to maintain total capital and manufactured stock. This is reflected in present day society, with declining natural stocks but increased manufactured
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