Principles of Sustainability

Principle Two

Provide intergenerational equity and durability

The economy, environment, and social well-being should be managed for the equal benefit of present and future generations. A sustainable community does not deplete its resources, destroy natural systems, or pass along unnecessary hazards to future generations. We should incorporate disaster resilience and mitigation into our decisions and actions. A community is resilient in the face of inevitable natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and drought if it takes steps to ensure that such events cause as little damage as possible, that productivity is only minimally interrupted, and that quality of life remains at (or quickly returns to) high levels. A disaster-resilient community further takes responsibility for the risks it faces and, to the extent possible, is self reliant. That is, it does not anticipate that outside entities (such as federal or state government) can or will mitigate its hazards or pay for its disasters.


2.1 Development should be equitable for both present and future generations
The right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably meet developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations.
2.2 Individuals should discourage transference of impacts that cause degradation in regions beyond the individual
Individuals should discourage or prevent the relocation and transfer of any activity and substance that causes severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health.
2.3 Individuals should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption
To achieve to goals associated with sustainability and achieve a higher quality of life for all people, individuals should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and promote appropriate demographic policies.
2.4 Notification about natural disasters and emergencies is necessary
Notification of any natural disasters or other emergencies that are likely to produce sudden harmful effects on the environment is imperative. Every effort shall be made to help those afflicted.
2.5 Buffers between development and natural systems should be provided
Communities or cluster of communities should have a well-defined edge, such as agricultural greenbelts or wildlife corridors, permanently protected from development. 
2.6 We should encourage and promote efforts to maximize locally available, drought-tolerant water supplies
Ground water treatment and brackish water desalination should be pursued when necessary to maximize locally available, drought-proof water supplies. Landscaping with native plants requires an understanding of the evolutionary adaptations plants make to specific light and soil moisture conditions but are essential to providing for a drought resistant community.

The Principles of Sustainability

The following list of principles is an attempt to provide a set of principles for sustainability applicable at all scales; global, national, regional, local and by the individual. 



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