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Last Edit Date 2018-07-02

Sufficiency means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

The concept of “sufficiency” has emerged over the years in planning and development circles as well as transnational civil society movements as an alternative economic model to consumerism, and a necessary component of sustainable lifestyles. It is a philosophical ideal that offers the possibility of a higher quality of life while simultaneously reducing the human impact on the natural world. Sufficiency challenges the notion that if “some” is good, then “more” must be better; instead, it emphasises “enough-ness”. Sufficiency is not about sacrifice, denial, asceticism or doing without; it is about well-being and being well.

Based on Thomas Princen, The Logic of Sufficiency (2005) E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful 1973.