The Multidimensional Sustainability Problem: An Interpretation of the SCIENCE Series: Fall 2003. By Ed Miles & Ed Sarachik CIG SEMINAR, 4. 29.04. OUTLINE. I. FRAMING THE PROBLEM (incl. identifying objectives & a tentative timeline) A. Garrett Harding’s “Tragedy of the Commons”
Ed Miles & Ed Sarachik
CIG SEMINAR, 4. 29.04
A. Garrett Harding’s “Tragedy of the Commons”
B. Defining Sustainability
C. NRC. 1999. OUR COMMON JOURNEY
D. The ECONOMIST, July 6, 2002
E. The SCIENCE Series
II. Elaborating Alternative Strategies
III. Significant Issues not Included
IV. Implications for the CIG: Climate in a World of Multiple Stresses
The “commons” (especially due to population) cannot be sustained at the global scale.
It can only be saved bycoercion mutually agreed upon.
Sustainable Development (SD)= Development which does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. [Emphasis was on spp. conservation].
Definition operationalized in 1992 Rio Convention on Biodiversity.
multiple causation Interpretation of the SCIENCE Series: Fall 2003
Summarizing the Sustainability Problematique(based on Our Common Journey)
Hazard rankings= water & air pollution; ozone depletion & climate change; & for LDCs, droughts/floods, disease epidemics, & availability of local living resources.
Source: Dietz, T., E. Ostrom, P.C. Stern. 2003. The Struggle to Govern the Commons. Science 302: 1907-1912.
What’s needed depends on scale: