Sustainable development




Definition of Sustainable Development

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.

Native American proverb

Sustainable development will enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life, without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

Securing the Future, the UK Government's 2005 sustainable development strategy

Watch the following video clip. How are the MoneyMaker pumps an example of local scale sustainable development?

[11 February 2008]


  1. Define Sustainable Development.

  1. Use the ‘Timeline of Sustainable Development’ produced by the International Institute of Sustainable Development to list the list the key event in each of these years. If there is more than one event for a given year – choose the one you consider to be the most important in terms of developing global understanding of ‘sustainable development’.
    • 1962
    • 1969
    • 1971
    • 1973
    • 1984
    • 1985
    • 1988
    • 1992
    • 1998
    • 2000
    • 2002
    • 2005

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  1. Choose three projects carried out by ‘Practical Action’. Make notes on what the project does and explain how it is an example of sustainable development using appropriate technologies.


[16 December 2007]