______________ SUSTAINABILITY _________________
economy, environment and societies are accomplished much faster and more
intensively than in the past due to technological innovations, opening of
markets respectively by reducing trading barriers - and the number of persons
involved has become bigger.
The public perceives this as
'economic globalization' and the challenges accompanied therewith are
debated controversially since the consequences of these processes are
ambivalent. There are winners and losers.
Yet this kind of globalization,
where economic growth counts first, is unsustainable if it doesn't include
the social and environmental dimension, i.e. economy-society-environment have to be
looked upon altogether simultaneously. Since it is proven, the most sensitive
issues within globalization are connected with the environment (Rio+10, Environment and Development) and questions dealing
with cultural identities. These are the issues where breakages and
ruptures will come up (arise)first.
In order to preserve 'cultural
diversity',even under a predominant economic globalization, you need
knowledge and understanding of the world. That's the reason why global
competitiveness demands education. And this kind of education asks for a new
approach of thinking where the different dimensions are put into a structure
of interconnectiveness and decion-making structures have to be revealed. Only
then you'll be able to come to conclusions which are related to a sustainable
and viable future - Analysis of the different dimensions - consequences!