Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
needs refer to the essential human needs in which the highest priority is given (it overrides all other rights)
In other words, it is the effort of trying to get people out of poverty through development without hurting future generations. Essentially sustainable development consists of economic growth which helps fulfill basic human needs while preserving the environment.
For instance, sustainable development could entail the construction of solar-powered homes in Africa which will not only help the developing nations there but will also help future generations by reducing greenhouse gases.
Typically, sustainable development can be achieved through alternative energy. This includes wind power, solar power, and geothermic energy.
However, it should be noted that some forms of renewable energy such as nuclear power may actually generate problems for future generations and as a result, may not be considered sustainable.« Back to Glossary Index