Sustainability. EVSS 695 Class 7: Defining Sustainability Fall 2012 P . Brian Fisher. Heinberg , “Beyond Limits to Growth”. Beyond Limits to Growth Heinberg. 1. Rapidly Reduce dependence on fossil fuels
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Class 7: Defining Sustainability
P. Brian Fisher
Heinberg’s five axioms
“Ultimately, sustainable development and sustainability itself are about collective values and related choices and are therefore a political issue, almost certainly the supreme global political issue of this century. Because values, politics, and our understanding of the Earth and its systems will evolve, notions of what is sustainable will never be static.”
-Easter Island Sustainable? If def’n is about “survival”, yes; but if it’s about “thriving” then no.
-Ecosystem and society became simplified from loss of biodiversity and quality of life.
Environmentalism: Stresses individualization based on recycling
Sustainability: Stresses minimization and Prevention by changing systems
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”