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Title: Sustainability: Ethics and the future
Authors: Sinha, Anup Kumar
Keywords: Carrying capacity
Future generation
Social discount rate
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: SCOPUS
Journal of Human Values
Series/Report no.: 19(2)
Abstract: Sustainable development is essentially about taking a view of future generations of people inhabiting the world. It is also about defining actions in the present time of achieving the desired goal of bequeathing a livable world for the future. The view has to revolve around how much importance we assign to the well being of future inhabitants. It is an ethical position that we collectively, as the generation living now, have to take. Making moral judgments about the distant future is difficult for two reasons - there is a plurality of ethical positions and building a collective ethic may be impossible. Yet without a shared view we cannot have concerted action now.This article looks at some of the alternative positions and their practical implications for policy actions. The possibility of having a wider, shared ethic is also discussed. The real challenge lies in knowing nature better and making that knowledge part of culture. Then only there could be a convergence in concerns for the future, for Nature and for the yet unborn generations of human beings. © 2013 Management Centre for Human Values SAGE Publications.
Description: Sinha, Anup Kumar, Department of Economics, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Joka, West-Bengal, India
ISSN/ISBN - 09716858
DOI - 10.1177/0971685813492259
Appears in Collections:Economics

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