What is Sustainability?

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This is one of the most popular search questions about sustainability on the Web.

There is no one definition although a popular one cited is the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations of March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  The soul of sustainability is our interconnectedness of Mother Earth and her children through to the next seven generations. 

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The Four Operational Principles of Sustainability by Karl-Henrik Robert

Title: The Roots of Sustainability Thinking by Karl-Henrik Robert

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, a Swedish cancer doctor and medical researcher, founded The Natural Step to inject some science into the environmental debate - and provide a solid foundation for action. Interview by Barry Heidt, filmmaker and producer, Lincoln City, Oregon.

He talks at a very personal level of his journey in creating a big picture of what we could agree on when it comes to the conditions of this planet and how to live prosperous lives here without destroying it. For more videos on Portland's sustainability progress, visit visit naturalsteponline's YouTube channel.

EarthSayers Barry Heidt; Karl-Henrick Robert

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