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February 28, 2018

Beware of intergenerational injustice

It is always wise of a government to carry out national and regional development projects. Nevertheless, it is of utmost importance to strike a proper balance between economic growth or development and environmental conservation because natural resources are not infinite and because development poses a great risk of environmental degradation,which is a major cause of natural disasters such as floods, storms and droughts.
In this regard, it is worth recalling what the phrase ‘sustainable development’ means. If this phrase is divided into two words, the latter part suggests economic development or growth despite the existence of a difference between growth and development, whereas the former means environmental sustainability. This being so, the phrase ‘sustainable development’ means the effectuation of the economic development of a country or community in a manner that does not adversely affect the natural environment by using up all the natural resources.
It would be appropriate here to mention the concept of intergenerational justice. As natural resources are not inexhaustible, current generations in their quest for economic growth and development run the risk of harming generations to come, who will be left with few or no resources to exploit for national or regional development.
There is a very common saying that Myanmar is endowed with natural resources. This notion has led many to believe that Myanmar can waste its natural resources according to the whims and fancies of the people. The Global New Light of Myanmar would, therefore, like to make an earnest request to both the central and region/state governments to effectuate sustainable development in a way that is fair to future generations.


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