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UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPTS OF SUSTAINABILITY

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Sustainability today 4: Discussing the pros and cons

So which concept of sustainability is best? What are the pros and cons of the concepts discussed so far?

Paul Burger, Patricia Holm and Frank Krysiak discuss three approaches to sustainable development: a capability-based approach, the concept of resilience, and a capital-based approach, such as weak and strong sustainability.

Our experts argue that each of these approaches or concepts have advantages and disadvantages. There is no one concept that can do it all. You have to therefore choose an appropriate concept based on the task at hand. Furthermore, you often have to adjust existing ideas to make them suitable. Sustainability journalist Carrie Aikman moderates the discussion.

Authors: Patricia Holm, Paul Burger, Frank Krysiak

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