Introduction to sustainability

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Just Sustainability is more refined concept of sustainability.[edit | edit source]

Just Sustainability is “the egalitarian conception of sustainable development"(Jacobs, 1999:32). It generates an improved definition of sustainable development as “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems” (Agyeman, et al., 2003:5). This new form of sustainable development prioritizes justice and equity, while maintaining the importance of the environment and the global life support system.

Sources: Agyeman, J., Bullard, R. D., and Evans, B. eds., Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (London: Earthscan/MIT Press, 2003), 5.

Jacobs, M., "Sustainable Development as a Contested Concept," in A. Dobson, Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1999), 32.