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The Natural Step
The Natural Step (TNS) is a way of examining the concept of sustainability and
taking action to achieve it. More information on this framework can be found
Natural Step homepage, or within the
Guidebook (PDF - 650 KB). The following are quotes from the
"Creating a sustainable world means creating new ways for people to live
and thrive -- while keeping the planet balanced and healthy. Our
principles of sustainability drive path-breaking models and tools that pass
these three tests: Is it good for business, good for society and good for
the environment? "
"The Natural Step provides a visionary blueprint for a sustainable world.
Our upstream approach means we address problems at the source and turn them
into opportunities for innovation. As an international advisory and research
organization, we work with some of the largest resource users on the planet
to create solutions, models and tools designed to accelerate global
System Conditions for Sustainability
In the sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically
1. concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth's crust,
2. concentrations of substances produced by society,
3. degradation by physical means
and, in that society. . .
4. people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their
capacity to meet their needs.
1. Build awareness & understanding
2. Conduct a baseline assessment
3. Create a compelling vision & strategic plan
4. Support effective, step-by-step solutions
The Centre for Rural Sustainability is not an official delivery agent
for Natural Step programming, but rather a friend of the Canadian
Natural Step team. For more information about Natural Step
activities in Canada, visit their website at