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Sustainability May 3, 2009

Posted by Jason in Insider's View Relapses.
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Whether one defines sustainability broadly with respect to the global environment or narrowly with respect to a particular industry or technology, one characteristic stands out as a hallmark trait. In the broadest terms, sustainability is the idea that our actions today should not ignore the effects on future generations of life on our planet. This of course gives rise to the notion that were it not for humans, nature would be inherently sustainable for eternity, which is a fine point for philosophers and astrophysicists to argue, but not practical for our lifetimes. We have the ability to alter our environment to meet our present and future needs in a way that other species do not. This is no surprise, but there are critical implications for our future depending on our implementation of this philosophy in the present. (more…)