Sustainability – The ability to sustain one’s way of living indefinitely into the future.
We on the planet, and particularly, we in North America do not live sustainable lives.
According to a report from the World Wildlife Fund, humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year. At that rate, there would need to be two planet Earths to sustain our collective way of life.
Further, the problem is getting worse as populations and consumption keep growing faster than technology can find new ways of expanding what can be produced from the natural world.
Sir David King, the British government’s former chief scientific adviser, said: “We all need to agree that there’s a crisis of understanding, that we’re removing the planet’s biodiverse resources at a rate which is as fast if not faster than the world’s last great extinction.”
Does your way of life reduce the natural resources that will be available for future generations? If so, it is not sustainable.
What is Sustainable Development?
The 1st World Conference on the Environment and Development in 1987 defined ‘Sustainable development’ as ‘Development that meets the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.