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' It takes on meaning within different political ideologies and programmes underpinned by different kinds of knowledge, values and philosophy' (Huckle 1996: 3).
A 'weak' view of sustainable development looks to continuing economic growth on terms that favour existing financiers and corporations (while maintaining the support of the majority of voters in countries like the UK).
In short, there has been a fundamental shift in the way that many people relate to, and experience, the world. We have not been able to create on any scale ways of living in the world that allow people to share properly, and that do not damage the well-being of future generations.
In this piece we want to explore this background and then look at what might be involved in a sustainable community - and the associated notion of an enduring neighbourhood.
Cities, indeed, have absorbed nearly two-thirds of the global population explosion since 1950, and are currently growing by a million babies and migrants each week.
It isn't just that large corporations operate across many different countries - they have also developed and marketed products that could be just as well sold in Peking as in Washington.While there are all sorts of debates around the figures, it is clear that with exponential economic growth, the exhaustion of mineral and energy resources becomes a real possibility within a century or so.Furthermore, the benefits of growth have not been shared equally.Within a couple of years the urban population of the earth will outnumber the rural (Davis 2007: 1).In 1950 there were 86 cities in the world with a population of more than one million; today there are 400, and by 2015 there will be at least 550.