Perspectives for a sustainable society

Chrysanthus Chukwuma (Department of Limnology and Environmental Protection, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland)

Environmental Management and Health

ISSN: 0956-6163

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Argues that a sound and efficient approach and policy for the protection of the environment and restoration of natural resources must include essential features which reflect the harmonization of national and global strategies expected for a sustainable society. The increasing awareness of governments and international organizations has culminated in several undertakings aimed at systematically facing the overwhelming problems encountered in the establishment of a global policy for environmental management and health for sustainable development. This takes account of environmental changes, patterns of economic development and sociocultural factors. A sustainable society supports the acquisition of basic needs with the extensive opportunity to aspire satisfactorily to a better life in the present and the future. Stresses that, for economic sustainability to occur, developmental action must be supported with available resources within society. The problem of the poverty‐ridden population must be recognized. Suggests that the resource base in a sustainable society can be fortified through effective, efficient and equitable use of available resources and economic growth without the massive introduction of untoward environmental pollutants.



Chukwuma, C. (1996), "Perspectives for a sustainable society", Environmental Management and Health, Vol. 7 No. 5, pp. 5-20.

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