My Misrepresentation of Bruntland’s Definition of Sustainability

The commonly used definition of sustainability that comes from the Bruntland Commission is predominantly inter-generational; “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

I recently considered the apparent unfairness that future generations are covered without mentioning the needs of the overwhelming numbers of people in today’s population who don’t have enough.  I wondered what ethical approach created this prioritization.

However, I just read Wikipedia’s description of the Bruntland Commission and see that the commission intended two key concepts, the other of which is “in particular the …

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