Guiding Objectives for a Sustainable Community*
Develop policies and practices that ultimately:
- Eliminate our community’s contribution to fossil fuel dependence and to wasteful use of scarce metals and minerals.
- Eliminate our community’s contribution to dependence upon persistent chemicals and wasteful use of synthetic substances.
- Eliminate our community’s contribution to encroachment upon nature (e.g., land, water, wildlife, forests, soil, ecosystems).
- Meet human needs fairly and efficiently.
Moving It Along…
- Learn and understand the Earth’s game rules - e.g., the system conditions and what they means for meeting human needs within nature’s limits.
- See where we are - Ask ourselves, “To what extent are we living within the boundaries defined by the Natural Step guiding principles or guiding objectives?”
- Envision the future we want – a future in which we can enjoy well-being without contributing to injustice or environmental problems.
- Find a smart route - We make plans on the basis of the vision we have created, and take well-measured strides on the right road, which may be winding, but which leads to the chosen goal.
*Based on Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert’s The Natural Step
Compiled by Sarah James · Sarah James & Associates · Cambridge, MA
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.
– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency