Today, it is more and more evident that concern with the environment is no longer an isolated issue. It is the context of everything else – our lives, our businesses, our politics. The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities – social, cultural and physical environments in which we can satisfy our needs and aspirations without diminishing the chances of future generations.

Since its introduction in the early 1980s, the concept of sustainability has often been distorted, co-opted and even trivialised by being used without the ecological context that gives it ...


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