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Integration As A Central Aspect Of Sustainable Development

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Integration in the context of sustainable development demands that ultimate ecological thresholds are respected. Once this is clear, it should also be clear that integration as a principle of sustainable development does not necessarily and under all circumstances mean giving equal weight to all concerns. Limits have to be defined and thresholds set. No measure, whether legal or political, economic or social, that oversteps the fundamental ecological thresholds can under any circumstances be judged sustainable. One example of such ecological threshold is given by the limits set to prevent dangerous climate change. While the principle of sustainable development encompasses an environmental aspect, it is not about environmentalism. The concept of sustainable development can be said to be a principle of justice to the extent that it concerns establishing equitable living conditions in a transgenerational context. These conditions include the satisfaction of human needs of the existing and future world populations.

Keywords: climate change; ecological threshold; environmentalism; principle of integration; sustainable development; transgenerational justice



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