"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and

  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."

Brundtland Report 1987


what is sustainability?



To what extent are human activities in extreme environments sustainable?

  1. Review your notes, this website and the study guide and prepare a response to the question.
  2. Write at least two paragraphs stating your position on this question, making reference to the case studies and examples studied.
  3. Be prepared to contribute to the discussion