The concept of sustainability is aimed at reducing the excessive
human exploitation of the earth's natural resources, by imposing
limits to our growth, expansion, and development.
Most developed countries have sustainable energy building programs.
These are in various stages of maturity, and have had varying degrees
of success. However, manufacturers and industry leaders are driving
progress with innovative new technologies which support more eco-friendly
Naturally, environmental activists are not happy with the slow
progress, claiming that key opportunities are been missed on major
issues such as controlling carbon emissions. Much of the global
drive has been linked to the Kyoto Protocol. Whilst this has failed
to gain support of all the required nations to date, it has successfully
sparked the development of regional and sectoral sustainability
plans. Most local Councils in the USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand
have a local sustainable area plan.
Governments are setting country targets, and are accepting overall
responsibility for the implementation and policing of environmental
targets. Carbon emission targets have become a hotly tradable commodity
both within nations and across borders.
As an example, the UK Governments plan operates on four principles:
- Living within Environmental limits
- Ensuring a strong, healthy, and just society
- Achieving a sustainable economy
- Promoting good governance
These principles aim to unify the people with the environment.
This will require individuals to understand the long term ecological
damage our current living practices are causing, and accept responsibilities
to their own personal link in the chain of sustainability.
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