The Effect of Environmental Sustainability

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Although it is widely known that the earth experiences cyclical climate change, there has been much evidence that human activities are negatively affecting the environment, and hence, the finite resources of the earth. Many people have become preoccupied with how the activities of developing nations, as well as those of developed nations, continue to pose a threat to our planet and its finite resource base. This in turn affects human wellbeing, as exploitative and polluting activities will in another manner negatively affect humankind globally, but especially the less developed nations. Therefore it is imperative that economic development and sustainable development cooperate together in order to allow for human development with environmental sustainability to continue far into the future.

How do we advocate for sustainable development while still keeping in mind the needs of the impoverished people in developing nations and not hindering economic development? The seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG) regards economic and human development in developing countries while taking into consideration the limitations that developing countries have due to their poverty levels. MDG 7 is focused on environmental issues and how to best address them in order to help both the impoverished people and the entire earth itself. The four main targets of MDG 7 are 1) to engrain sustainable development in government policies and reduce the loss of environmental resources, 2) reduce the rate of loss in biodiversity, 3) increase sustainable access to potable water and sanitation in rural and urban areas, and lastly 4) improve life in urban slums . MDG 7 aims to ensure environmental sustainability in order to have sustainable economic development...

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...sed goal for 2015 will require agencies to continue to provide the growing population with more assistance. Hence we can see that the practices of sustainability need to be instilled deep into the policies of the government, the infrastructure of their systems, and the lifestyle of the people so that after 2015 when the MDGs reach their end, developing nations can continue on being environmentally sustainable alongside with their growing populations.

Works Cited

"Millennium Goal 7". United Nations. June 5, 2010 .


The Brundtland Report is the written documentation of the Brundtland Commission.

"Millennium Goal 7". United Nations. June 5, 2010 .

MDG REPORT 2010 pdf

MDG REPORT 2010 pdf

MDG7 1954 pdf
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