Environmental Sustainability is one of the most important issues of our time. It is also one of the most controversial issues of our time. The controversy is quibbling and procrastination at best, and evasion at worst, because the fact is obvious: we do not live in a society that is sustainable.
The questions Econation answers are:
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is when everybody – individuals, societies, nations and all humanity – lives within the limits of the Earth’s biocapacity.
Why have sustainability?
We humans have overshot the ability for the earth to sustain us indefinitely. We prosper in the present only because we are using up nature’s stock of resources such as soil, freshwater, biodiversity, fossil fuels and metals.
The problem is that our children, grandchildren and all of our descendants will have diminished resources, and therefore opportunities, because of our greed and folly. We must be sustainable so that our descendants can have what we have.
How to be sustainable?
Sustainability happens when people leave the world as good as they found it – if not better!
This basically means living lightly, simply and deliberately.