Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment— David Attenborough
Relaxing Sustainable Development quotations
You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.
Cities must urge urban planners and architects to reinforce pedestrianism as an integrated city policy to develop lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities. It is equally urgent to strengthen the social function of city space as a meeting place that contributes toward the aims of social sustainability and an open and democratic society.
A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable
Gender equality is more than a goal in itself.
It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
We do not accept that human society should be constructed on the basis of a savage principle of the survival of the fittest
We live not, in reality, on the summit of a solid earth but at the bottom of an ocean of air
Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all.
It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
When future generations judge those who came before them on environmental issues, they may conclude "they didn't know": let us not go down in history as the generations who knew, but didn't care
The scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labour, or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right
The African Union has to act in order to put an end to armed conflicts that undermine the continent, to fight against the devastation caused by AIDS and other contagious diseases, to promote sustainable development of its member states.
At every level the greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different
Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.
Without environmental sustainability, economic stability and social cohesion cannot be achieved
Humans merely share the Earth. We can only protect the land, not own it.
Sustainability is here to stay or we may not be
Sustainability is a political choice, not a technical one.
It's not a question of whether we can be sustainable, but whether we choose to be
We live on this very small and fragile planet: a world in which there is poverty and injustice is never going to be a safe and secure world
Positive deviance means doing the right thing for sustainability, despite being surrounded by the wrong institutional structures, the wrong processes and stubbornly uncooperative people. That is what sustainability-literate leadership means today. Surrounded by evidence of rampant unsustainability it is not possible to say 'I did not know'
The way to healthy living is to shift from quantitative economic growth to quality of life, food, water and air - to shift from craving to contentment and from greed to gratitude
Peace, non-violence, human rights and the environment - if only everybody saw these as the seamless whole that they are
You don’t know what order with freedom means! You only know what revolt against oppression is! You don’t know that the rod, discipline, violence, the state and government can only be sustained because of you and because of your lack of socially creative powers that develop order within liberty!
What politician ever thinks beyond 4 or 5 years? But such thinking is hopelessly inadequate for the big questions that involve the fabric of the world we live in
Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.
We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities, foundations, corporations, individuals and cultural institutions... to move their money out of the problem (fossil fuels) and into the solutions (renewable energy)
A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries.
We have reached the end of problem solving as a mode of inquiry capable of inspiring, mobilizing, and sustaining human system change. The future of Organization Development belongs to methods that affirm, compel, and accelerate anticipatory learning involving larger and larger levels of collectivity.
Rethinking the future: It is a profound challenge, at the end of an era of cheap oil and materials to rethink and redesign how we produce and consume; to reshape how we live and work, or even to imagine the jobs that will be needed for transition
Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone to African development and the key to local value creation in Africa. I am determined to ensure that Africa's next generation of entrepreneurs have the platform they need to turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into sustainable businesses that will drive economic growth and job creation across Africa.
Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself.
Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.
Nevertheless, the concept of sustainable development is now known - even amongst those who haven't accepted it - and it's recognized, debated and followed by an increasing number of businesses.
It makes no sense to invest in [fossil fuel] companies that undermine our future