What is the definition of sustainability?



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    It refers to a given practice’s ability to continue to be performed on a regular basis.  There are different kinds of sustainability.  Petroleum fuel sources, for instance, are unsustainable in a couple of ways.  Fossil fuel will eventually become so scarce that it drives the prices up to a point where it no longer makes sense for us to run cars on gas – this means petroleum is not economically sustainable.  Economically speaking, this is not a practice we can continue to do forever.

    But fossil fuels also damage the planet and cause carbon emissions.  If we want the environment to stay in its current state or improve, we must find an alternative to fossil fuel.  It is not environmentally sustainable.

    Wave power is unlimited and has no detrimental environmental impacts, so it is environmentally sustainable.  We can use as much wave power as we want without damaging the environment.

    Hope this helps your understanding.

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    The United Nations define sustainability as the state of the world in which the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This definition considers the limitations of the earth’s resources and capacity. 

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    Literal translation is to hold, maintain, support, or endure.

    Since 1980’s, the term has come to reflect humans’ actions on the planet Earth.  There are said to be 3 pillars; environmental, social and economic. The  three pillars not murually exclusive and must work together. We must look at this model when we are developing, for we must not only look at what happens now, but the effects for future generations.


    The image is from Wikipedia but this is how I think of sustainability.

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