If we change our focus from human development to sustainable development, and wish to answer the question of whether development is sustainable or not, it is necessary to have indicators which draw a line between sustainability and unsustainability. Consequently, this chapter argues that the evaluative space needs to be broadened from capabilities to include the environment and make the approach and in relation to this we need to examine the consequences of our doings and beings and our correlative responsibilities. This chapter concentrates on resources and environmental indicators (Adjusted Net Savings, the Ecological Footprint and Planetary Boundaries). It argues that while science pays an extremely important role in establishing such indicators we also need to justify them ethically. Thus it draws on Scanlonian contractualism and argues for a conceptualization of sustainable development as one of increasing legitimate freedoms.
|Title of host publication||Sustainability, Capabilities and Human Security|
|Number of pages||24|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Crabtree, A. (2020). Sustainability Indicators, Ethics and Legitimate Freedoms. In A. Crabtree (Ed.), Sustainability, Capabilities and Human Security (pp. 51-74). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38905-5_3