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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1995

Title: The Real Sustainability Challenge
Keywords: Sustainability
North South conflicts
Africa
Development challenges
Indigenous knowledge
Ubuntu
Issue Date: Nov-2002
Citation: Du Plessis, C. 2002. The Real Sustainability Challenge. USGBC International Conference and Expo, Austin, Texas, USA, November, 2002, pp.1-14
Abstract: Solving the environmental problems of industrialised countries will not mean much if your very survival is threatened by the social fall-out of an exploitative economic growth model. One does not fight terrorism and hatred with violence, but with compassion, and the first step towards compassion is to understand the nature of your relationship with the "other", with those on the outside. The real sustainability challenge is not to develop the perfect assessment system or toolkit or an unlimited energy source - it is to change our current relationships with each other and with nature from one that is based on the rights of individuals or groups of individuals to one that is based on reciprocal responsibility. It is in meeting this challenge that developing countries can perhaps provide the biggest contribution to sustainable development
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1995
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