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cultural and environmental issues and global solutions together. Very important aspect of this report is that this is the one which has familiarized the term sus- tainable development . Post-Brundtland report release, there were many important activities to enhance the sustainability thinking such as establishment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, Earth Summit UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in 1992, First meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in 1993, adoption of ISO 14001 as a voluntary international standard for corporate environmental management in 1996, release of reporting guidelines by Global Reporting Initiative in 2002, entering of Kyoto Protocol into force in 2005, development of Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 2007 (SD Timeline 2012 ). What does sustainability really mean? This is a million dollar question and one cannot get an unanimous answer from everyone if the question is asked among a wide array of people, and the debate on the de fi nition of sustainability still con- tinues. This is due to the matter of fact that sustainability and sustainable devel- opment (predecessor of sustainability) mean different to different people and the challenge of de fi ning sustainability has already been noted by many authors already (White 2013 ). A well-known and very frequently read de fi nition is the develop- ment which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs . This was de fi ned in the World Commission on Environment and Development s report Our Common Future (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987 ). This de fi nition was criticized heavily since its inception, as it is vague and open to interpretation. After this, there are a plenty of de fi nitions one can see for sustainability and sustainable development and they were discussed elsewhere. One can see enormous amount of information from various media (Web, books, reports and research papers) on this. In the quest of de fi ning sustainability in simple terms, I read many books and papers in the literature for a considerable amount of time. Through my earnest 2 S.S. Muthu
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efforts, I found a lot many and the very speci fi c one which I would like to point out here is as follows: If reliable rainfall adds 100 l of rainwater to a tank every day, it is sustainable to use up to 100 l of this water per day. If the tank is large and is full to begin with, for a while it may be possible to use considerably more than 100 l per day. However, if the daily input from rainfall remains only 100 l, even starting with a full 10,000-l tank, one cannot use more than 100 l per day sustainably. The tank will eventually run dry. (Population Matters 2011 ) Concentration of the crux of sustainability varies between different professionals when they de fi ne sustainability. Environmentalists and ecological professionals de fi ne sustainability with a chief focus on environmental side, and businessmen shift the focus on economic side and so on. However, as said earlier, it has three dimensions
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