Services on Demand
Ambiente & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 1414-753XOn-line version ISSN 1809-4422
FOLADORI, Guillermo. Environmental sustainability and social contradictions. Ambient. soc. [online]. 1999, n.5, pp.19-34. ISSN 1414-753X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X1999000200003.
In this article we analyze the definitions and measures of sustainability. We show that while definitions include an inter-generation element and another of intra-generation equity, most of the measures only consider the former. We explain the methodological reasons for that, as well as demonstrating the possibility of including other criteria -such as social productivity and potential surplus- which explain environmental problems derived from social relations.
Keywords : sustainability; environment; sustainable development.