No concept associated with environmental protection has enjoyed more widespread public legitimacy than sustainability, something scientists and social activists alike have long advocated in an attempt to encourage careful use of resources. The premises for sustainability are that care for the environment is essential to social and economic development; that natural resources are the base of industry, including agriculture; and that only by sustaining that base can humanity sustain development. It is a systemic concept for suggesting how society might enable all beings to meet their needs and express themselves while preserving diversity, both within the human species and beyond it. The idea of sustainability is likely to remain prominent in public discourse surrounding the interaction of environment and economic development.

The concept is complicated by ...

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