How are Social Justice and Sustainability Connected?
Social justice is defined as equality in distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Many people are not aware of the strong ties between sustainability and social justice issues. By definition, sustainability includes environmental, social justice, and economics.
The standard diagram that describes sustainability includes three parts: environment, economics, and social justice. Here at Macalester, we define sustainability as the continuous effort to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by working toward a healthy environment, social justice, and strong economy. In order for sustainability to succeed, we must include the environment along with social justice, economics, and wellness.