We support the principle of sustainable development and are committed to improving the quality of life for present and future generations in Angus. By a process of integrating responses to environmental, social and economic issues the council will help to maximise human welfare while enhancing the environment in Angus.
Sustainable development means "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".
Sustainable development is a phrase which has been used increasingly since the United Nations Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was at the Earth Summit that over 150 Heads of States signed an agreement to implement sustainable development. The agreement was called Agenda 21 and is in effect an action plan for the 21st century aimed at reconciling economic, social and environmental issues and enhancing people’s quality of life. It covers a wide range of issues including:
- reducing our use of energy and raw materials and reducing pollution and wastes
- protecting fragile ecosystems
- sharing wealth and opportunities for development more fairly at local, national and international levels
In working towards sustainability our principal aims are to:
- integrate environmental and sustainability considerations into council strategy, policy and programme formulation
- work in partnership with other agencies, businesses, community groups and individuals
- consult and involve people more fully where decisions affect our environment
- work towards sustainability by balancing economic, social and environmental considerations for both present and future generations
- recognise that working towards sustainability will be a continuing process requiring flexibility and adaptability;
- monitor and report on progress towards sustainability