According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. If we follow this definition, it becomes easy to see that the vast majority of the “developed” world has not, and is not developing sustainably. The idea of sustainable development requires us to consider how our action of developing will affect other countries, and future generations. Many people believe in “the butterfly effect”, where the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one part of t...
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...economic, political, agricultural or any other area of a country and determine how developed it is. However, this way of looking at development gives us a skewed, unfinished view. In order for us to truly be able to measure development, we need to first ensure that we are measuring only sustainable development that does not hurt the potential development of generations to come.
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