“How do you define ‘sustainability’?” was the opening question asked of me by co-host Peter Dawson Buckland on Pennsylvania State University’s Sustainability Now Radio today (listen to archived interview).
The word “sustainable”… would apply to some action that can be done more or less forever, which means an action (or a way of life) that at the worst does not harm one’s land-base, and more realistically improves one’s land-base on the land-base’s own terms.” (page 428-429)
The land-base’s own terms, not human terms. Given that definition, industrial civilization is totally unsustainable. Industrial society is using up resources from everywhere (way beyond our own land-bases) and spewing out wastes like crazy. All for the short-term (profits) rather than for the long term, for Life.
How do you define “sustainability”?