Earth Science

Human Impacts on the Earth Environment

Sustainable Development

Study Tip
Before throwing away your trash, find out if you can recycle or reuse any of your waste. Consider the materials that make up the products you use: can they be reproduced or reused?

Goal of Sustainable Development

There are three main goals of sustainable development.

They include:

  • Helping people out of poverty
  • Protecting the environment
  • Use resources no faster than the rate at which they are regenerated
Study Tip
Before throwing away your trash, find out if you can recycle or reuse any of your waste. Consider the materials that make up the products you use: can they be reproduced or reused?

Achieving Sustainable Development

  • Reducing human population can help sustainable development. This is happening in recent years, as educated women are having fewer children.
  • Scientists are working to develop technology that protects the environment. Fish farming, for example, can produce resources in a more eco-friendly way
  • Citizens can help sustainable development by logging fewer trees, protecting landscapes while mining, and recycling.
Recycle
By recycling the products we use,
we can maximize the efficiency
of our resources.
Concept Check
  • What does sustainable development focus on?
  • What are some ways we can achieve sustainable development?