Sustainable development by its very definition is an approach that aims to balance competing needs within social, economic and environmental boundaries for both current and future generations. Without practising sustainable development on all fronts, we risk exacerbating climate change, which, through sea level rise, is threatening the existence of low-lying nations at present and is likely to be keenly felt closer to home over the coming years. If the loss of entire nations to the seas is not enough, climate change is expected to have a significant impact on global biodiversity, and unsustainable uses of finite resources could have significant political consequences globally.
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