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Concepts that relate to responsibility for action

Responsibility for action is a complex concept with other concepts sitting inside it. These other concepts are described in relation to the four aspects of sustainability:

Guardianship/kaitiakitanga (environmental)

Guardianship/kaitiakitanga is about individuals and communities acting together in diverse ways for the well-being of the environment.

Citizenship (social)

Citizenship is about individuals acting for the well-being of their community.

Action orientation (social)

To have an action orientation means having the skills and motivation to address issues by taking action to create a more sustainable future.

Informed decision-making (cultural)

Informed decision-making means seeking knowledge and using it ethically to make decisions that contribute to a sustainable future.

Resilience and regeneration (cultural)

Resilience is our ability to adapt to changes brought about by sustainability problems and regeneration is our capacity to overcome these problems and find solutions for a more sustainable world.

Consumerism (economic)

In this context, consumerism refers to knowledge, attitudes, and values that lead to the sustainable use of resources and production of waste within sustainable limits, as well as recognising the ethics of consumerism.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship (economic)

Sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship encourages innovation and creativity, prevention, mitigation or remediation of sustainability issues in ways that lead to solutions for a sustainable future.

Last updated April 28, 2015