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Perspective and Approach

The concept of sustainability has been established as a new political paradigm all over the world following the United Nations "Earth Summit" of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Many do not realize that the term has a longer history than that. It goes back at least to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Nairobi in 1975, when the assembled churches called for the nations of the world to find a path to environmental sustainability in the context of global justice.
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According to the Rio formula, sustainability implies a pace of development that guarantees the quality of life for those in this generation all over the planet, but also gives to future generations a legitimate option for shaping their own lives. As the United Nations 1987 Brundtland Commission Report, Our Common Future, makes clear, sustainability implies development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Urgent strategies include rigorous measures of conservation of natural resources, better management of growth, and a more equitable distribution of wealth (the latter promised in the commitment for aid to Africa made at the 2005 G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland).

Sustainable development has to be realized, according to the model of Rio, in three crucial areas of life: the ecological, the economic, and the social. Everyone recognizes that these dimensions are interrelated and have always to be considered in their inter-relationships. People differ, however, in the weight they assign the three and in their strategies to address the issues involved. The Rio formula and in this sense Kyoto, as well, tends to subsume all three under the ecology rubric, and while this imbalance is now being corrected, environmental sustainability remains fundamental for any comprehensive global strategy for governments and NGOs alike.

CommunityNexus Consulting welcomes the opportunity to work with agencies and organizations in the nonprofit sector whose mission reflects a commitment to our global ecological future. Among the organizations our partners have assisted in the recent past, these agencies and projects are referenced:

  • SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION, Madison, WI
  • AMERICA'S CLEAN WATER FOUNDATION, Washington DC
  • ARIZONA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Phoenix, AZ
  • UNCED - Planning Committee for the Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro
  • GLOBESCOPE-91, coordinated by Global Tomorrow Coalition, Miami
  • LA RUTA MAYA FOUNDATION, McLean, VA
  • AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, Mount Vernon, VA
  • "Environment Study Mission -91," in Eastern and Central Europe
  • FOSSIL RIM FOUNDATION, Glen Rose, TX
  • NORTH AMERICAN COALITION ON RELIGION AND ECOLOGY, DC
  • NATIONAL CARRYING CAPACITY ISSUES Conference, Washington DC
  • HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, Washington DC