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Environmental Quality and the Quality of our Way of Life

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  • Jan J. Boersema
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    Today, sustainable development is generally accepted as a guiding principle. The present relation societies have with the natural environment is considered as being not-sustainable. However this presupposes some idea about the quality of the environment and of activities affecting the environment and, as a consequence, of the quality of life. In this article I defend the proposition that the limited progress made with respect to the environment - despite all the good intentions - could be due to a potential conflict between 'quality' and sustainable development. In other words: our interpretation of the concept of 'quality' is not compatible with the aims of sustainability. Some consequences for research and policy of accepting this proposition are discussed.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 97-108

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev4:ev404
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