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The human desire to live in harmony with nature and one-another was first proposed as an international endeavour in 1987 when sustainability (as sustainable development) was formally defined by the United Nations as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."[1]
Although sustainable development has remained a key global concern, international charters like the United Nations' Millennium Ecosystem Assessment[2], and Millennium Declaration[3] which included the Millennium Development Goals[4] the expression sustainable development is often replaced by the terms sustainability and sustainability science which have broadly the same meaning.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to sustainability: If an environment is not sustained then the ecosystem will overtime fall apart. Overusing one part of and ecosystem can cause the ecosystem to eventually fail. when you overuse one part of an ecosystem then it has dramatic results on the whole ecosystem, the biosphere.

Essence of sustainability[edit]

Branches of sustainability[edit]

Sustainabiity is divided into two main branches: sustainability science and sustainability governance. Each of these branches is divided into a number of subfields:

Sub-fields of sustainability science[edit]

Main article: Sustainability science

Sub-fields of sustainability governance[edit]

Related disciplines[edit]

History of sustainability[edit]

Main article: History of sustainability


Levels of biological organisation[edit]

Politics of sustainability[edit]

Population control[edit]

Environmental technology[edit]

Energy conservation[edit]

Over consumption[edit]




Scholars of sustainability[edit]

Leaders in sustainability[edit]

Category:Sustainability advocates

Sustainability lists[edit]

Main article: List of sustainability topics


See also[edit]


  1. http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/42/ares42-187.htm United Nations. 1987. "Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development." General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987.
  2. http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx Official Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  3. http://www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.htm United Nations Millennium Declaration
  4. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals The United Nations Millennium Goals (UN Site)

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