The definition of sustainability
The concept of sustainability originally comes from forestry. It means, that you should only ever cut down as many trees as they are able to grow back. This is important so that the forest remains intact and can be used for each generation. So for us, this means two things:
1: In the long run, we must not live at the expense of people in poorer regions or even our future generations.
2: Environment, economy and society are mutually dependent and should always be kept in balance.
The way in which economic and technical progress has been pursued up to now has unfortunately ignored the aspect of an intact environment in many cases. This now threatens the livelihood of our future generations and causes great suffering in poorer countries like Africa, Chile and India. But even countries like Germany will not be able to avoid climate change if we don’t do something soon.
The idea of sustainable development is an effort to achieve greater justice and a balance between the environment, the economy and society. On the one hand, every person in the world should have the same rights and opportunities for development without being exploited; on the other hand, we must ensure that we leave our earth in such a way that our children and grandchildren can fully enjoy and pass on our planet, with its stunning beauty and great wealth of species. To achieve this sustainable development, each person must do their part to bring our world back into balance.