The Planetary Project criticism of the Concept of Sustainable Development develops in the following directions:

  1. The incorrectness of the term “sustainable development” and its internal logical contradiction.
  2. The narrowness of the term and the provocative tendency to confine global problems to the environmental context. Many scholars, politicians, social activists and industrialists believe that environmental protection issues cover the entire sustainable development strategy.
  3. The absence of a single concept of sustainable development, with multiple concept definitions causing considerable implementation difficulties.
  4. The selectivity of the Concept of Sustainable Development, its original elitism and imperialist character. There is an opinion that the implementation of the concept of sustainable development can only bring benefits to a certain part of humanity rather than to all people.
  5. The controversial character of several methods used by the Concept of Sustainable Development. The extrapolar modelling used as part of the Concept of Sustainable Development is not a final verdict: we must understand that the predictions made based on it will materialize unless humanity, all other things being equal, changes its resource consumption policy. If the necessary corrections are introduced, the predicted collapse can be avoided.
  6. The diversity in understanding the goals of sustainable development, naturally arising from the different worldviews of the participants implementing a new civilization model, and countries and people representing cultural, social and political diversity.
    Without doubt, The Concept of Sustainable Development goals are aimed at creating a just and balanced world design. Nevertheless, we must not forget that different countries, scholars and politicians interpret “justice” and “balance” differently. The very question of humanity’s and individual nations’ readiness for global integration, which will require a major transformation of their political and economic systems, is quite controversial. It has a historical character, and concerns the actual basis of civilizational and evolutionary maturity of modern Homo sapiens; it encompasses cultural issues, man’s moral-ethical self-identification, reasonableness and responsibility.
  7. In light of the above, we must note that the main target of criticism of the Concept of Sustainable Development (unless this criticism is provided for the sake of criticism, rather than as the basis of further development and evolution of the initial concept) must include the absence of systemic implementation mechanisms organisationally and financially underwritten.