Land, water, air, waste
Environmental sustainability is a way of managing the environment. It recognises the importance of the natural world as its own entity and is seen in te ao Māori as kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection). At the same time, it acknowledges the role the natural environment has in providing resources for economic development, as well as meaning and context for social and cultural development.
Sustainability also acknowledges the importance of ensuring that any use of a natural resource will not prevent future generations from using the same resource to the same degree. Thus, environmental sustainability means meeting current human needs without undermining the capacity of the environment to provide for those needs into the future.
Papatūānuku te matua o te tangata.
Mother Earth is man’s parent.