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7 KEY CONCEPTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

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KEY CONCEPT 1: INTERDEPENDENCE: Understanding how people, the environment, the economy are inextricably linked at all levels from local to global.

KEY CONCEPT 2: CITIZENSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP - Recognising the importance of taking individual responsibility and action to ensure the world is a better place.

KEY CONCEPT 3: NEEDS AND RIGHTS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS - Understanding our own basic needs and the implications for the needs of future generations of actions taken today.

KEY CONCEPT 4: DIVERSITY - Respecting and valuing both human diversity – cultural, social and economic – and biodiversity.

KEY CONCEPT 5: QUALITY OF LIFE - Acknowledging that global equity and justice are essential elements of sustainability and that basic needs must be met universally.

KEY CONCEPT 6: SUSTAINABLE CHANGE - Understanding that resources are finite and that this has implications for people’s lifestyles, and for commerce and industry.

KEY CONCEPT 7: UNCERTAINTY AND PRECAUTION - Acknowledging that there is a range of possible approaches to sustainability and that situations are constantly changing, a need for flexibility and lifelong learning.

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In addition to the 7 Key Concepts are the THREE PILLARS OF SUSTAINABILITY. These are: economic, social and environmental 'pillars', which underlie the whole approach to sustainable development. The idea of there being 3 PILLARS has been adopted into UK planning policy. The concept suggests that there is a vast system (a biosphere) within which our global world operates, and we must have a sensitive approach to this to ensure the best possible way forward for future generations.

 

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In considering the above KEY CONCEPTS, it is worth having a thought about the main disciplines behind the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES movement.

There are already a whole myriad of professions and occupations that are involved with the progressing the SD subject, be we feel that at the root of its intellectual development are the GEOGRAPHY and TOWN PLANNING disciplines

The two subjects - which deal with spatial understanding and analyses, and the functioning of different aspects within the spatial dimension, including distributions, interactions and processes - are ideally placed to further our understanding of CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBAL PROCESSES and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

TOWN PLANNING used to be focused more on LAND USE ISSUES, and provided a more straightforward regulatory system for development. It is now becoming more intertwined with GEOGRAPHY, with the consideration of a much wider set of factors within the new SPATIAL PLANNING SYSTEM. In that context GEOGRAPHY and TOWN PLANNING are experiencing something of a convergence process.

Traditional GEOGRAPHICAL subjects such as climatology, Earth resource studies, urban studies and social geography are now much closer to the core of TOWN PLANNING, itself concerned with a complex matrix of environmental, social and economic considerations.

In our opinion, the two subjects are vital to the delivery of a successful SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY in the UK, Europe and the World.

If you would like to know more about the two disciplines please do not hesitate to contact us, or see the ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY and ROYAL TOWN PLANNING INSTITUTE websites.

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We hope that you enjoy our 'BE AWARE OF:' series of articles on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Spatial Planning System. The full list of BE AWARE OF: articles is:

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE SUSTAINABLE REVOLUTION

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: A DEFINITION

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A MORE ACADEMIC DEFINITION

7 KEY CONCEPTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

THE UK SPATIAL PLANNING SYSTEM

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANNING APPLICATIONS

ENERGY, CO2 EMISSIONS & PLANNING APPLICATIONS

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION & PLANNING APPLICATIONS

DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS

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