Ecologically sustainable development

Ecologically sustainable development
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Ecologically sustainable development - this is a development that achieves a balance in terms of ecology and progress. Its aim is to maintain the right proportions, which are able to satisfy social needs. Used primarily in the public policy of the state or large enterprises that have an impact on the environment. It also follows from the concept that where there is a serious threat of harm to the environment or to the flora, each public or private entity is obliged to protect this good by sacrificing its assets. This is due to the fact that in recent years the problem of environmental degradation through the use of chemical or industrial materials has been noticed. It is precisely such activities that have a negative impact on the development of plants and trees, which are the basis for the functioning of human civilization.

Regulation of ecologically sustainable development

Achieving sustainable ecological development is possible thanks to a number of legal regulations protecting nature. These are laws that have been passed to ensure the protection of the environment and to control human activities in the use of natural resources. Therefore, for each activity that may have an impact on the environment, each of the entities (natural person, legal entity, public institution) is obliged to obtain a relevant permit. From the simplest things like cutting down a tree on your own property to starting your own mineral extraction business[1]. It is worth mentioning that all the regulations related to environmental protection law derive from the concept of ecologically sustainable development. This is due to the fact that people who are sincerely interested in ecology could not do anything about proclaiming the idea itself. Therefore, the state authorities, noting the validity of their demands, introduced appropriate regulations to protect against environmental damage.

Causes of introducing ecologically sustainable development

The reasons for implementing a given concept were the excessive industrial activity of man in the 20th century. It was then that the first information about global warming or the widening of the ozone hole began to appear. Therefore, scientists from all over the world started to investigate the causes of these ecological disasters. Together, they came to the conclusion that excessive combustion of fossil fuels significantly damages the environment[2]. Considering the above, the concept of ecologically sustainable development was presented in order to counteract these phenomena. Within this framework, the countries have jointly agreed on the following things:

  • will not overburden fossil fuels;
  • will seek to limit the expansion of the ozone hole and global warming;
  • develop international environmental laws and standards.

Currently, within the framework of economic cooperation between states for violating environmental standards, states may be punished with trade sanctions or embargoes. The concept of ecologically sustainable development is very strong and permeates much of the public debate. Nevertheless, companies are still trying to bypass these rights by saying that they are not good for the economy and lead to bigger disasters than they are good for[3].


  1. Flint L. E., Flint A. L., Thorne J. H., Boynton R., (2013) p.1-21
  2. Holden E., Linnerud K., Banister D., (2014) p.130-139
  3. Ihlen O., Roper J., (2011) p.1-10


Author: Kinga Adamska