“Sustainability is a seemingly laudable goal - it tells us we need to live within our means, whether economic, ecological, or political - but it's insufficient for uncertain times. How can we live within our means when those very means can change, swiftly and unexpectedly, beneath us?” observes Jamais Cascio. We need to go back to nature, since the first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them, assumes Paul Hawken
Social ecologist Murray Bookchin contends that capitalism and present market forces, if go unchecked, they have the capacity to reduce the planet to a mere resource to be exploited for ever. According to him, nature treated as a commodity, is the symptom of a dysfunctional social system.
Furthermore, he claims that ecological problems can only be resolved by understanding the underlying social processes and intervening in those processes by applying the concepts and methods of the social sciences.
Therefore, for sustainability, we need to go for an ‘ecologically sustainable development’ by using, conserving and enhancing the community’s resources so that ecological processes are maintained and now and in the future. Alan AtKisson, a sustainability expert says that the implemented development model should be such that it can endure system state of a place indefinitely.
Here is my ABC verse on sustainability:
A: Adjustment for a balance among environmental preservation, social equity and economic or developmental demands
B: Basing individual lifestyles as members of eco-communities with ethical consumerism.
C: Capacity of a system to endure by preserving diversity and remaining productive over time is sustainability.
D: Developmental approach with environmental, cultural or life style and political concerns integrated into the sustainability matrix.
E: Ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions to be reconciled for development
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