There can be no development without economic impact, of course; nothing new here. “Equitable,” however, is a new requirement. Equitable means social justice, which means, as a beginning point, equal benefit from the earth’s resources. Progressives have expanded the definition to include such things as a right to housing, health care and a livable wage, but at the very least, equitable means redistribution of wealth from those who have earned it to those who have not. To meet this requirement of sustainable development, government must empower agents to take wealth from one segment of the population and give it to others.
To be sustainable, according to the U.N. definition, development must have no negative environmental impact. This requirement demands a monitor of development activity and a judgment made to determine whether the activity results in a negative environmental impact. This
Shown at left is Great Britain's sustainability model, "Correlation between FRC Sustainable Development Policy and the Five Shared Principles in the UK's Shared Framework," from transportscotland.gov.uk
Informed readers can spot all the progressive code language, e.g.
● carbon footprint
● equality and social inclusion
● whole life concept
● "sound" science
● "good governance"
● "just society"
The following is a Special Report on Sustainable Development by Tom DeWeese: