Eco Minute September 2, 2014, 2014
The first myth of sustainability is that nobody really knows what it means. According to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 magazine, the 1987 United Nations World Commission on the Environment and Development’s definition of sustainability, "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" is pretty straightforward. It means that no generation should take more than its share.
Development should be conducted so that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better. In other words, we need to live within our means, understand the interconnections among economy, society, and environment, and strive for an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities.