Principles of Sustainable Development for Minnesota
Here’s something I ran across in the reading for my other class that I didn’t know about—15 years ago, Governor Arne Carlson appointed thirty citizens to a Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development. The group came up with the following five principles to guide sustainable development in the state:
- Global interdependence. Economic prosperity, ecosystem health, liberty and justice are linked and our long-term well-being depends on all four. Local decisions must be informed by their regional and global context.
- Stewardship. Stewardship requires the recognition that we are all caretakers of the environment and the economy for the benefit of present and future generations. We must balance the impacts of today’s decisions with the needs of future generations.
- Conservation. Minnesotans must maintain essential ecological processes, biological diversity, and life-support systems of the environment; harvest renewable resources on a sustainable basis; and make wise and efficient use of our renewable and non-renewable resources.
- Indicators. Minnesotans need to have and use clear goals and measurable indicators based on reliable information to guide public policies and private actions towards long-term economic prosperity, community vitality, cultural diversity and healthy ecosystems.
- Shared responsibility. All Minnesotans accept responsibility for sustaining the environment and the economy, with each being accountable for his or her decisions and actions, in a spirit of partnership and open cooperation. No entity has the right to shift the costs of its behavior to other individuals, communities, states, nations, or future generations. Full-cost accounting is essential for assuring shared responsibility.
—Quoted in pp 34-35 of The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres R. Edwards