Can sustainable development work? What then will be the impact on business and what will be the impact on the environment?

Written by Ronald Munro

First we must define sustainable development. Sustainable is to say that something such as resources or an environmental system can be continued indefinitely without depleting any ofrepparttar material or energy resources required to keep it running.

Development isrepparttar 110125 act, process, or result of developing. Combined together it is an idea brought forward byrepparttar 110126 World Commission on Environment and Development defined by them as a form of development or progress that meetsrepparttar 110127 needs ofrepparttar 110128 present without compromisingrepparttar 110129 ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We must also understand that we arerepparttar 110130 stewards ofrepparttar 110131 natural environment andrepparttar 110132 entire planet, and as such we are responsible for what ever happens to any ofrepparttar 110133 ecological systems.

Can sustainable development work? This question is more complex than it seems. A simple yes or no answer does not apply to this question due to all ofrepparttar 110134 factors involved, which must be considered and evaluated. Onrepparttar 110135 one hand you would have to say no. The reasons you would have to say no are, because ofrepparttar 110136 opposition you would receive from changing human habits, which have been set for thousands of years. Structure and cost to big businesses and trying to control other countries and governments andrepparttar 110137 economical impacts such major changes could have on any societies economy. It would be impossible forrepparttar 110138 United States to order or police all ofrepparttar 110139 other nations and possibly unethical to force them into our ideas and ways of life. This approach has broughtrepparttar 110140 United States into many wars. Wars negatively impact many ecological systems by either invading them or totally destroying them. War also destroys and uses vast amounts of natural resources. Yetrepparttar 110141 United Nations, if given more power could possibly perform this task of policing and regulating without resulting in war if all ofrepparttar 110142 nations ofrepparttar 110143 world joinedrepparttar 110144 United Nations, but at what cost. Inrepparttar 110145 United States big business is able to influence our politicians. If big business felt this was economically unsound they could afford to spend billions of dollars to fight any legislation that would help this cause or tie up legislation, regulations or mandates in our court systems for years.

Then you have human nature, which resist change especially when it comes to giving up something that makes life easier or that isrepparttar 110146 economical source of their survival. If people survive or derive their income or livelihoods from these natural sources it will be almost impossible to get them to change their habits of destruction torepparttar 110147 natural environment.

Then you haverepparttar 110148 anti-environmental groups, which work hard to confuserepparttar 110149 issues or hiderepparttar 110150 facts with extra facts or manipulaterepparttar 110151 data withrepparttar 110152 help of big business and skeptical scientist they hire. All of these factors and more would be reason to say that sustainable development would not work.

The impact onrepparttar 110153 environment would be devastating and our world would eventually be unable to sustain any life and we would have to move or perish with it. When allrepparttar 110154 resource started disappearing businesses would run out of materials and be forced to eventually close forever.

Plastic recycling confusion

Written by David Leonhardt

CONSUMER ALERT: do not mix your food container lids. A yogurt container lid is NOTrepparttar same as a margarine container lid, even if they lookrepparttar 110124 same. How do I know this? Well, here is my story.

We live in a very hoity-toity county. Sure, it might look like just farm country. A lot ofrepparttar 110125 houses might seem a little worse for wear. But we are very picky about what plastic we recycle. We recycle only those numbered 1 and 2.

In case you did not know, your plastics are numbered. Onrepparttar 110126 bottom of most containers, there is a number, usually from 1 to 5. I suppose 1 isrepparttar 110127 best, since anything with a number of 3 or more just is not high-class enough for us to recycle.

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. My overactive curiosity gotrepparttar 110128 better of me and I emptiedrepparttar 110129 fridge to try to figure out this plastic numbering thing. What else does one do inrepparttar 110130 middle ofrepparttar 110131 night when his newborn doesn't want to sleep?

My wife came down torepparttar 110132 kitchen. "What on earth are you doing?"

"Just snacking," I replied.

She scannedrepparttar 110133 table, covered with yogurt, hand cream, cream cheese, plum sauce, juice, shampoo, and an empty ice cream bucket. "OK, I'm not actually eating any of these," I admitted. "I'm looking for numbers onrepparttar 110134 bottom to see which of these containers is high-class enough for us to recycle."

"You are NOT recycling our brand new tub of margarine," my wife declared. "And that juice jug is supposed to last us a few more years."

"Of course," I said in my most believable comforting tone. "It's just a curiosity thing”.

"Oh, one of those," my wife sighed.

"You see, bothrepparttar 110135 yogurt and margarine containers are made of PP."

"PP?" my wife asked.

"Yes, PP. Plastic number 5, also called Polypropylene."

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