Sustainable World Coalition: sustainability and inclusivity."Sustainability" is rapidly becoming a buzzword A term that refers to the latest technology or a term that sounds catchy. If not a flash in the pan, new technologies become mainstream. For example, Java was a hot buzzword in the 1990s, but should remain a major topic for decades. that needs clarification. The working definition used most widely is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This was set forth in 1987 in the report "Our Common Future" by the World Commission on Environment and Development, also known as the Brundtland Commission The Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), known by the name of its Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland, was convened by the United Nations in 1983. .
Sustainability in this sense clearly implies regeneration Regeneration (biology)
The process by which an animal restores a lost part of its body. Broadly defined, the term can include wound healing, tissue repair, and many kinds of restorative activities. and health for ecosystems, people, and living things Living Things may refer to:
Sustainability places an emphasis on inclusivity. Any truly sustainable solution must necessarily include all stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. , including all life forms. Sustainability thus is not political in the sense of "our side versus theirs," or "left versus right." Everyone is considered to be on the same side. Sustainability requires humanity to seek solutions that work for the Earth and all of its inhabitants
The game is based loosely on the concepts from SameGame. .
Such solutions involve making sure that all sides are heard and considered, and making the tough choices and compromises that will produce the greatest good for the whole, taking into account the long-term consequences of those choices.
Sustainability issues are always made up of three core elements (what the UN refers to as the "three pillars" of sustainability)--environment, human rights, and economics. Attempting to deal with any major issue without examining all three elements will not produce sustainable results in the long term. For example, if the environmental aspects of rainforest destruction are examined without also considering human rights factors (such as those of indigenous tribes) or the economics involved, any program to limit deforestation deforestation
Process of clearing forests. Rates of deforestation are particularly high in the tropics, where the poor quality of the soil has led to the practice of routine clear-cutting to make new soil available for agricultural use. will be undermined.
In looking at the overall game plan for enhancing sustainability, three key areas require strong focus: balanced media reporting, corporate accountability, and campaign finance reform Campaign finance reform is the common term for the political effort in the United States to change the involvement of money in politics, primarily in political campaigns. .
In the US, all three areas are controlled largely by corporate interests, which are ultimately motivated mo·ti·vate
tr.v. mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.
mo by profit.
Media: Mainstream media tend to report with a conservative, nationalistic slant, reflecting the consolidated corporate ownership of US media empires. As long as people are getting their "news" from sources that don't challenge the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. , then popular challenges to existing policies will be minimized.
Accountability: Standard corporate accounting measures only financial performance, and has no regard for the social and environmental impact of corporate activities. Growth in profits is considered beneficial, even though it often comes with tremendous harm to communities and the environment. Until we have triple bottom line analysis that accounts for all impacts, and a public that understands the importance of doing so, corporations will continue to keep their negative side-effects hidden.
Campaign Finance: The current practice of political candidates' financing their campaigns largely through corporate contributions implies an expectation that they will act on behalf of those corporations; such contributions are little more than bribes. This is badly skewing the original intent of our democratic system. Some in Congress are pushing "clean" elections, free of corporate contributions.
The awareness of the importance of these issues is finally starting to grow.
With this awareness emerges an appreciation for inclusivity and long-term considerations inherent in sustainability. When dealing with the challenging issues confronting us all, nothing less than total consideration of all these factors will provide us with a truly sustainable future.
Vinit Allen is executive director of the Sustainable World Coalition.