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Sustainability - A Key Element in Planet Preservation

Sustainability simply put means the ability for the planet and humans to co-exist. In the end if we do not treat the planet right she will win by destroying man or letting him destroy himself. This is the road we are currently on.

Past & Present

In it's original use sustainability meant to only use natural, renewable resources in a way that met their needs and allowed for needs to be met in a long term scenarion. The modern version of this is more complex and diverse.

In this day and age sustainability is used to cover land usage, food sources, eco-systems and much more. As an example, if we continue to use our land resources to grow grains for fueal consumption we shorten our supply of land to grow food crops. This is not sustainable. As the world population continues to grow we simply don't have enough land to grow and maintain the necessary food supply. A second example would be the use of fossil fuels to power our energy grid and cars. At the current rate of consumption we have about seventy-five years of oil left even with the fracking (extremely bad for the environment) that we are currently doing. If we ran out of oil we would be thrust back into the dark ages. Is this the legacy we want to leave our children and grandchildren?

Three Tiered Approach

Sustainable development must be consistent by balancing local, national and global efforts. The balance is created by the relationship between meeting our current needs without destroying the ability for future generations to meet their needs and destroying the environment. A study from 2005 pointed out that environmental justice is as important as sustainable development. Ecological economist Herman Daly asked, "what use is a sawmill without a forest?" From this perspective, the economy is a subsystem of human society, which is itself a subsystem of the biosphere, and a gain in one sector is a loss from another. This perspective led to the nested circles figure of 'economics' inside 'society' inside the 'environment'. The simple definition that sustainability is something that improves "the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting eco-systems",though vague, conveys the idea of sustainability having quantifiable limits. . Let's make it simple. Sustainability is the ability of current practices to meet the needs of humanity without destroying theplanet and adversely affecting future generations from meeting their needs. Above all sustainability is a call to action and we must listen.

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