So what do we mean by ‘Sustainability’?
Newcastle University’s definition can be stated in just four words: Enough, For all, Forever.
‘Enough’ means sufficiency, but not the wasteful excess which currently characterises society in Europe, North America and wealthy pockets of the developing world.
It’s when we ask “Enough of what?” that the specific science and engineering issues arise:
Newcastle University has the expertise to offer novel solutions in these and many other sectors.
‘For all’ refers not only to humans but also to other living beings in our shared ecosystems.
‘Forever’ signals respect for natural resource limitations, as well as the pursuit of justice between present and future generations.