From Sri Lanka: Is an ecologically sustainable development possible?

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By Sumanasiri Liyanage

While I was preparing a lecture on sustainable development for my political economy class, I received an invitation to a seminar entitled Greening the Economy organised by the Central Environment Authority….Can development be made ecologically sustainable? Here, I define development in a narrow sense to portray the process of continuous increase in per capita output/ income. As far as the global economy in its totality is concerned, I am against that kind of development in the sense that there is no need to increase the total output of the world.

Is an ecologically sustainable development possible?

The writer teaches political economy at the University of Peradeniya.

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