Communities face enormous challenges as their social,
economic, and environmental resources are damaged or depleted.
Because these elements of communities are interconnected, there
are no simple answers. In addition, whatever issues we find
ourselves facing, be it disease, child abuse, crime, injustice,
weakened economies, energy shortages, lack of good jobs,
extinction of species, poverty, destruction of forests,
pollution, breakdown of families, armed conflict, or nuclear
power, there are some common threads and interconnected steps
that will offer solutions to these seemingly diverse problems.
The interdependencies of the economic, environmental, and
social justice elements of our world require new ways of
thinking about things and taking action that will truly create a
future where human society and nature coexist with mutual
benefit, and where the suffering caused by poverty and natural
resource abuse is eliminated.
Sustainable development calls for improving the quality of
life for all of the world’s people without increasing the use of
our natural resources beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity.
While sustainable development may require different actions in
every region of the world, the efforts to build a truly
sustainable way of life require the integration of action in
three key areas: