Sustainable Development History. Critique of traditional development Contributing to health problems, ecological degradation, poverty and social injustice Undermining ecological, social and economic capital of communities SD as remedy . Dimensions of Sustainability. Human Health
Critique of traditional development
Contributing to health problems, ecological degradation, poverty and social injustice
Undermining ecological, social and economic capital of communities
SD as remedy.
Sustainability requires that we focus simultaneously on systemic changes that improve health for current and future humans, build strong, secure and thriving communities, provide economic opportunity for all by restoring and preserving the integrity of the life support system.
We are the first generation capable of determining the habitability of the planet for humans and other species.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has never been above 300 ppm for at least the last 430,000 years (and probably not for the last 30 million years!)
Computer models of climate match the observations only when natural and human “forcings” are included in the models. The human forcings are responsible for most of the rapid warming 1970-2000.
Muir Glacier, Alaska, 1941-2004
NSIDC/WDC for Glaciology, Boulder, compiler. 2002, updated 2006. Online glacier photograph database. Boulder, CO: National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Soon Americans will have to settle for a Non-Glacier National Park.
Greenland summer surface melting, 1992-2005
In 1992 scientists measured this amount of melting in Greenland as indicated by red areas on the map
Ten years later, in 2002, the melting was much worse
And in 2005, it accelerated dramatically yet again
Source: ACIA, 2004 and CIRES, 2005
The famous snows of Kilimanjaro have been shrinking rapidly in recent decades and are nearly gone.
This is particularly significant because high-elevation ice and snow near the equator does not vary much except when climate is changing globally.
The decline between 1912 and 2000 was 81%
Combining the ice-core data and the direct measurements from Mauna Loa yields a curve strikingly similar to the curve that describes…
wind, solar, geothermal, hydro
Land use & transportation
higher density, less auto dependence
alternative fuels for vehicles
Communication is to sustainability what
Location is to real estate
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Ball State University
California State University, Chico
Cape Cod Community College
Central Washington University
College of the Atlantic
Columbus State CC
Community College of Denver
Iowa Lakes Community College
Los Angeles CC District
Mount Wachusett CC
Pacific Lutheran University
University of Florida
University of Tennessee
U Wisconsin - Green Bay
U Wisconsin – Oshkosh
U Wisconsin – River FallsACUPCC Signatories Jan.
= trunk and branches
Law of conservation of matter & energy
First law of thermodynamics
Second law of thermodynamics
In the sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing…
Increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth’s crust
Increasing concentrations of substances produced by society
Degradation by physical means
human needs are met worldwide.
The Natural Step guiding principles
Abalone mussel nacre
(mother of pearl coating)
Hard coatings-for windshields and bodies of solar cars, airplanes, anything that needs to be lightweight but fracture-resistant.
A crystalline coating self-assembles in perfect precision atop protein templates. In the abalone, it's a 3-D masterpiece, tougher than anything we can manufacture! 1
1 From: www.biomimicry.net