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The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio made us recognise that our environmental problems are irrevocably linked to economic conditions and social justice. There is a need to achieve a balance between the economy, the environment and social needs. The Rio declaration stated "human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature."
Our future depends on the actions we take now. It's all too easy to assume that the future is someone else's responsibility.


Below are some important issues for Scotland and some questions you might want to address in the "have your say" section.

Efficient use of resources
How can our standard of living remain high while at the same time we use fewer resources? How can we use less in producing goods? How can we use less fuel in taking raw materials to factories and finished goods to shops?
more info: Efficient use of resources
Energy and climate change
Where should the balance lie between different energy sources such as coal, oil, gas, nuclear and renewable, like wind power? Where is the greatest scope for energy efficiency?
more info: Energy and climate change
How can we protect our landscape and the diversity of wildlife within it? Can we 'clean up' our land, rivers and sea? Can industry, farming and fisheries grow without damaging their surroundings?
more info: Environment
Poverty and social justice
How can we make poverty and poor housing a thing of the past? Can we make sure that everyone shares in Scotland's progress? Can we make discrimination a thing of the past?
more info: Poverty and social justice
Economic growth and employment
How can our economy continue to grow? How can environmental policies co-exist with economic growth? How can we provide enough work for everyone?
more info: Economic growth and employment
Lifestyle and Transport
How do we lead satisfying lives without consuming too many resources? How should we travel around in the 21st century? Have local authorities focused too much on discouraging cars in cities and too little on improving and integrating public transport?
more info: Lifestyle and Transport
Public Health
How can we increase our healthy life expectancy? Do we know how safe our food is? How can we improve our air quality?
more info: Public Health

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