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Achieving Sustainable Development:The Organic And The Fairtrade Initiatives


  • Sorina Costache

    (Romanian American University, Bucharest)


Achieving sustainable development can only be possible if drastic changes are made at most levels. Consumer habits are not the only aspect that needs to change, even though this is pretty hard as it is. People’s views on economy, society and politics need to change as well. Sustainable devopment is a simple concept, at first glance, but in reality it is highly complex. At the present time it is basically impossible to imagine a truly sustainable society since almost everything needs to change, starting with ourselves. A new “dialogue culture” is needed in order to elaborate and implement the objectives of sustainable development, a dialogue between the political and social decision makers and common people, groups and non-profit organizations. The idea of sustainability takes us towards civil prticipation and, in the end, towards a modernization of democracy, because now it is no longer a question of participation in activities initiated at the political or administrative levels, but a conscious, responsible participation, a “council on common affairs” (Aristotle).

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  • Sorina Costache, 2012. "Achieving Sustainable Development:The Organic And The Fairtrade Initiatives," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 7(1), pages 96-106, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:7:y:2012:i:1:p:96-106

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