chapter  3
28 Pages

Sustainability: The Essentials of the Concept

Over the last decade and a half, the concept of ‘sustainability’ (or ‘sustainable development’1) has been widely, if vaguely, embraced by government bodies and other influential organizations around the world. Its meaning and implications have been much disputed, and the actual behaviour of institutions that have claimed devotion to sustainability has been much criticized. The idea, however, has persisted and spread.