The world over, new technologies are dramatically increasing standards of living. Production of essential goods like food has become much cheaper and more efficient, and people are increasingly connected to the global market. Continued progress, however, is not guaranteed. The strain our activities place on natural resources could pose a real threat to future generations.
This is where sustainable development comes in. By ensuring that current human activities do not cause long-term damage to the planet, it guarantees that natural resources will continue to be available. The rigorous process of planning and regulation it involves powers collaborative solutions to environmental issues while still supporting innovation. Technology is exciting, and sustainable development ensures that we use it responsibly.