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What Does 'Sustainability' Mean, Anyway?

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: modern virtues, sustainability, environment, philosophy, Eric Zencey, Orion,

Orion “The term has become so widely used that it is in danger of meaning nothing. It has been applied to all manner of activities in an effort to give those activities the gloss of moral imperative, the cachet of environmental enlightenment,” Eric Zencey writes in Orion. But the writer doesn’t stop there, no, not nearly: Behold his fantastic essay “Theses on Sustainability,” an 18-point primer and philosophical romp through the meaning(s) of the word.

Source: Orion


jeffery biss
6/15/2010 11:41:24 AM

Sustainability simply means that we behave in a manner that can continue indefinitely, without environmental degradation and that allows nonhuman life the resources to live without suffering negative effects of our behavior.