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A widely-used and accepted international definition of sustainable development is: 'development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'.
Top sustainability tasks
In 2005 the UK government published " Securing the future [5mb] [pdf]", which is the government's strategy for sustainable development and which forms the basis of North Yorkshire County Council's approach. The strategy identifies four priority areas:
The message is a simple one: these are global issues that require local action and remember your actions, however small, can make a difference.
To find out what you can do, see the quick steps you can take to a greener lifestyle page.
For more information about our Climate Change strategy see our policies and plans page.