By Johannes Meijer
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The rate and nature of the improvements are also dependent on resources and on issues of justice. Some groups might want to expedite these improvements for themselves and might restrict progress in other areas. Consequently, overall progress tends to be slow and not always even. Nevertheless, the ‘motivation-stories’ indicate that the social aspects of an ‘improved society’ means two things to family decision-makers. One is making changes that facilitate an increase in their own and their families’ competency through a range of educational and learning options.
Motivation-stories’ contain a future orientation and so indicate what families think their grand-children and great-grand-children will need during their lives. ‘Motivation-stories’ are not a frivolous ‘wish list’ of items. They have to be taken seriously because the stories are what families are actually working towards fulfilling during their lives. The principal story for family members is ‘Becoming a responsible adult and bringing up children so they too will become responsible adults’. The story sets out two purposes; learning and caring.
They might be able to make more effective environmental policy if they understand the global ideals about the treatment of people and know how to integrate these ideals in the environmental policies they develop. This would move society towards creating sustainable developments. In terms of delivering sustainable development ideas, the notion of specialising in environmental policy is an old fashioned idea that was obsolete by the late 1980’s. Robinson (2004, p. 378) noted “[it is]…increasingly obvious that that solutions that address only environmental, only social or only economic concerns are radically insufficient”.
Handbook of Environmental Policy by Johannes Meijer