The environment is the basis of our existence and provides the resources to support life on Earth. The benefits these natural resources provide us are known as ecosystem services.
As the video narrated by David Attenborough highlights, we as humans are part of the environment and we make consciously and unconsciously use of the ecosystem services it provides every day:
The awareness of the importance as well as concern for our environment has been steadily growing over the last few decades. We have increasingly become aware that a focus only on economic development does not meet environmental and social needs. Out of this thinking emerged the idea of sustainable development where all three of those needs should be met in a balanced way.
How can a social capital approach support sustainable development
Social Capital describes inter-relationships between people (networks) which are value-based and build on trust and reciprocity. It therefore has a great impact on our communities and how they are shaped. It can provide a valuable approach for supporting our communities to address environmental, social, and economic needs in an participatory and asset-based ways.