Environmental Discourse and Sustainable Development: Linkages and Limitations

  • Haque M
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Abstract

In the development field, one of the major shortcom-ings of mainstream development theories and models is their relative indifference toward environmental concerns. However, the worsening environmental catastrophes and the growing environmental conscious-ness led to the emergence of a new model of development known as " sustainable development. " The proponents of sustainable develop-ment tend to explore the environmental costs of development activities, prescribe environment-friendly policies, suggest institutional and legal measures for environmental protection, and publicize the principles of sustainability through international forums and publications. Despite this recognition of environment-development relationship, the model of sustainable development suffers from certain serious shortcomings that need to be addressed. This article begins with a brief discussion on var-ious forms of environmental challenges to development, followed by an analysis of how the model of sustainable development articulates the environment-development linkages in both practical and intellectual terms. The final section of the paper critically examines the major limi-tations of the model in dealing with the environmental question, and makes some suggestions in this regard.

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  • M.Shamsul Haque

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