People, planet, profits

Sustainable development looks broadly at three areas.


Increased prosperity and a good environment should benefit everyone. Problems like access to services, social exclusion, poverty, poor housing, unemployment and pollution must be tackled. We must not treat others in the world unfairly.
Threats to the environment include climate change, air quality, toxic chemicals, species extinction and habitat destruction. Sustainable Development must address these problems.This means using resources like oil and gas efficiently and developing alternatives to replace them.
Economic growth generates increased prosperity. Businesses must produce high quality goods and services to satisfy consumers throughout the world. In the UK, we need a workforce equipped with the skills for the 21st century and to invest in an infrastructure to support them.


A brief history of sustainable development

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