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Quadruple bottom line

Over the last 30 years abundant scientific evidence has been gathered that demonstrates the unsustainably of human lifestyles on this earth .
 
A globally adopted definition for sustainable development was set by the Brundtland Commission at the United Nations (1987) as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." 
In determining this, it has long been recognised that there are three bottom lines (Tripple Bottom Lines), namely ecological, social and economic sustainability that must be balanced and considered.

Indigenous peoples throughout the world have had an understanding of the principles of sustainability, and have lived sustainable lifestyles, for millennia. Floyd Red Crow Westerman, a Hopi Indian elder described the sustainability relationship as one based on an understanding of spirit and the transience of human lifespans. He describes the problems of sustainability as humanity’s inability to live on earth in a spiritual way. He describes that if humanity is not spiritually connected to the earth and does understand the spiritual reality of how to live on earth, it is likely humanity will not survive.

“Everything is spiritual. Everything has a spirit… Water is sacred. The Air is sacred. Our DNA is made of the same DNA as the tree. The tree breathes what we exhale. When the tree exhales, we need what the tree exhales. So we have a common destiny with the tree. We are all from the earth. And when the earth, the water, the atmosphere is corrupted, then it will create its own reaction.”

The recognition of spirit and the sacredness of our ecology and interconnectedness with the earth and each other is the first bottom line of a quadruple bottom line principle of sustainability.


             Quadruple Bottom Line             

Spirit + Social + Economic + Ecological


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