Cultural Sustainability: Opening paragraph
Sustainability focuses on meeting current human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (per Brundtland Commission 1987 definition: get source). Traditionally, the sustainability paradigm encompasses economic, social and environmental aspects of living. Many Venn diagrams readily available on the Internet support this fact. I believe that cultural sustainability is equally as important as economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability and should be included as one of four pillars supporting sustainability in a holistic approach. Cultural sustainability involves efforts to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural elements of society such as heritage, shared spaces, public art, social capital, educational opportunities, and public policies, in ways that promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Culture and communication inform, shape, and shift our relations with the environment.