1 The principle of intergenerational equity states that every generation holds the Earth in common with members of the present generation and with other generations, past and future. The principle articulates a concept of fairness among generations in the use and conservation of the environment and its natural resources (see also Conservation of Natural Resources; Environment, International Protection). The principle is the foundation of sustainable development. It has also been applied to cultural resources and to economic and social problems. It could have even...
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