Human Sustainability

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What is human sustainability?

Human sustainability is a form of development which satisfies the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The idea of human sustainability can be supported by three foundational pillars:

  • Environment

  • Society

  • Economy

Both economy and society are limited by environmental constraints which makes them the most important pillars. The three pillars are the foundation for numerous sustainability standards certification systems such as those used in the food industry. It is important that these three pillars are the framework of future decision making processes so that sustainability can be achieved.


The United Nations has revised a popular index they designed called the Human Development Index (HDI), which was first used to measure the quality of life of a country's inhabitants. A revision was made to include per capita carbon emissions because it is a major factor in reducing sustainability. The idea behind this addition was that the people of today are enjoying life at the expense of the people of tomorrow.

They key results of the study are listed below:

  • The US ranks 4th in HDI, compared to 24th in HSDI

  • Hong Kong Ranks 21st in HDA, compared to 8th is HSDI

  • Norway and New Zealand are in the top three for both HDI and HSDI

  • The bottom five countries in both indexes are African

  • Cuba is the only country that has been deemed genuinely sustainable

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