Manitoba, a province rich in culture, heritage, and natural resources, is now challenged by global climate change and a public desire for sustainable living. This month, as a guest of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit the sustainable cities and architectural wonders-of-the-world currently being developed in the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, by attendance as a Canadian Delegation at the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit I have witnessed the potential sustainability opportunities available to Canadians and especially Manitobans.

What is environmental sustainability?

Environmental sustainability is a commitment to making responsible choices that minimizes environmental impacts. It is a harmonious melding of the ecosystem, social, economic, recreational and transportation objectives of a geographical area. That is, sustainability is making choices today to ensure that future generations inherit an equal environmental value. Sustainable business development should serve to demonstrate environmental protection strategies while still allowing for continued improvements to the quality of life both in the present and future.