Political dimensions

Political dimensions

What influence does politics have on sustainability?

The sustainability perspective in relation to politics is that without a healthy and productive ecosystem, economical, social and political development is impossible. If we do not develop policies that result in humanity being less dependent on the one-time use of natural resources, then it is inevitable that energy, water, food and all other critical natural resources will become more and more expensive and eventually, inaccessible. The development of sustainable politics is a concept that has grown synonymously with the rising sea levels. 

Democracy is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world"

- Bill Blackman
Founder and President of Hearts and Minds Network

Key questions for this area

If you are studying or teaching political dimensions, or are looking to add content to your unit, the following are some key questions you should be able to answer and/or consider:

  • What kind of politics has guided development in the past?
  • What kind of politics is needed to guide development in the future?
  • What kind of development choices need to be made
  • Who should make development choices?

Useful resources

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