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How green is the city?: sustainability assessment and the by Dimitri Devuyst, Luc Hens

By Dimitri Devuyst, Luc Hens

This e-book offers with functional how one can succeed in a extra sustainable country in city parts via such instruments as strategic environmental evaluation, sustainability overview, course research, baseline environment and growth size, sustainability pursuits, and ecological footprint research. (Winter 2003)

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This principle holds that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation. The current day-to-day decisions made by corporations and all levels of government, as well as those of private citizens, are determining which direction the planet will take. Decision-makers could be greatly helped by instruments that tell them clearly if their initiatives lead into the direction of more or less sustainability.

Poverty can be considered one of the most pressing global problems. Reports on booming stock markets and economic growth often fail to indicate that poverty, as reflected in global income inequity, is increasing. In 1970, the richest 20 percent of humanity had roughly 30 times more income than the poorest 20 percent. Today, this figure has doubled. The net worth of the world’s 358 richest people is larger than the combined annual income of the poorest 45 percent of the world’s population. In wealthier countries, a link can also be made between poverty in certain population groups, their health, and the environmental conditions they live in.

How are the needs and wants of humans to be weighed relative to the survival of other forms of life? What trends and prospects do you see for other forms of life? What are the traditional teachings—and the range of other opinions— within your faith on the meaning of "progress" and how it is to be achieved? What does your faith tradition teach about the human destiny? Is the human destiny separable from that of Earth? What is your destiny, the destiny of the followers of your faith tradition? What does your tradition teach concerning the destiny of followers of other traditions?

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