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Sustainable Development – Concept & Importance

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a mode of human development where the use of resource aims to meet the human need and ensures the sustainability of nature. It also means a development wherein the need and demand of current generation is met without jeopardizing the need of future generation. Sustainable development carries with itself the concern of capacity of nature along with the social challenges of humanity.

In short we can say that sustainable development is nothing but Environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow.

The concept of need is coupled with the limitations. Need caters to the requirement and demand of the world wherein limitations help in organizing the resource availability on the basis of environment ability to meet both present and future needs.

It is very important to understand the value of resources and importance of quality life. It is important to have a proper, good physically healthy life, with basic amenities of safe drinking water, access to food, access to shelter and proper education. Sustainable development as a concept helps us understand ourselves and our world. It is the medium with which the problems of real world, which are complex and serious could be well understood and tackled accordingly. Information, integration, and participation are identified to be the key building blocks of development which when implemented and executed in the right manner will lead to sustainable development. The system emphasizes on the fact that everyone is a user and provider of information which when acted collectively lead to sustainable development.

It is now important the old method of doing business which includes old sector-centered ways should be replaced by new approaches that involve cross-sectoral co-ordination and the integration of environmental and social concerns. This process will help in proper care for the environment without harming the need of any individual. The method will also broaden the forum of collective participation from public and private sector in decision making.

Judicious Use of Natural Resources

Sustainable development is a continually evolving process. It is a journey of achieving sustainability and is thus a vital important means to reach the final destination of a desired future and present state. In sustainable development there is an added responsibility of improving the life of future generations. It is needless to say when added responsibility is given, added effort should be made to fulfill that. In the current integrated, interrelated and interconnected global economy it is important to impart proper education among the people about the judicious use of natural resources. It is important to create awareness among the crowd that excessive use of non renewable fossil fuel is not only degrading the environment, but is also affecting the life of future generation.

Use of renewable sources of energy should be encouraged. Also plantation of trees should be encouraged, as there is a need to maintain the ecological balance, keeping in mind the pace of technological advancement. There is an urgent need of restoring the previous ecosystem damage, while resisting to the contribution of further ecosystem damage. When these steps are implemented in the whole global economy and is preached in every nook and corner of world, only then a known and aware world could be established and only then a sustainable development could be achieved.

Thus we can conclude by saying that sustainable development is a process which speaks of development of all aspects of human life affecting sustenance. It also helps in resolving the conflict between competitive goals. Sustainable development lastly includes simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity also known as the triple bottom line.


Niraj Satnalika

Niraj is an MBA in International Business (Finance). Prior to this he completed B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation. He is currently working with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Kolkata in capacity of Consultant. Satnalika is actively involved with an NGO and works towards promoting education among the underprivileged.

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