1-4. Use of the Word Sustainability

The First Four Points of the 15 Criteria Points of Genuine, Meaningful Sustainability

1) What people commonly refer to as “sustainability” is not truly sustainable.  For example, people will refer to “sustainably harvested lumber”.  Lumber may be harvested in a manner that is not destructive of forest ecosystems, but in order for lumber to be sustainably harvested, not only would the chainsaws and logging trucks need to be running on something other than fossil fuels, but the chainsaws and logging trucks would need to be MANUFACTURED using something other than fossil fuels.  When you consider the amount of energy required to make a large metal object like a logging truck, it is clear that even Forest Stewardship Council certified lumber is far from sustainable.

2) Genuine, meaningful sustainability is defined by a rigorous set of criteria including, but not limited to the use of nonrenewable resources and the impossibility of infinite growth on a finite planet.

3) It therefore follows that achieving genuine, meaningful sustainability is a dauntingly complex, remote, far-flung ideal. It will be VERY difficult to achieve.

4) As difficult as it may be, genuine, meaningful sustainability WILL be achieved because to do anything less is unsustainable. Whatever the human family fails to do voluntarily, we WILL do involuntarily.  It is possible that we will become a sustainable, advanced, complex civilization.  On the other hand, dust blowing on the wind is sustainable.

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