Week 6_Makayla Hansen
Is sustainability dead? We live in a world filled with waste that has only recently identified the need for change. Reducing, reusing, and recycling is a concept that we are all aware of, and one that many people advocate, including myself. However, after reading through several articles and listening to a couple lectures, I was intrigued by the idea that even though most people seem to agree with the purpose behind sustainability, it has become relatively mundane. Many articles noted that sustainability is “missing the mark”, not necessarily appealing or “sexy”, or something practiced out of guilt. The way in which sustainability is defined seems to have become inapplicable. The Webster Dictionary describes sustainability as cable of being maintained, but it is clear that our excessive lifestyle is not going to remain viable. In Thomas Fisher’s Lecture, he noted that the human race is stressing the environmental system, and like any other system, this continued stress will lead to collapse. The US Environmental Production Agency presents what I think is a more workable definition of sustainability: “To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations”. I am not trying to prove that sustainability is pointless, but rather argue that our efforts need a shift of focus.
Lecture by Thomas Fisher, October 11, 2016.