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Monday, June 13, 2011
Questions surrounding sustainability
The author of this editorial, Greg Breining, makes the point that no society, nation or even planet continues forever, hence, long-term sustainability may never be attainable. Yet, this argument shouldn't detour us from trying to live in a way that makes responsible use of the environment for the well being of future generations. If sustainability seems to vague a term, and doesn't help us change our wasteful lifestyle, perhaps we to redirect the discussion to the earth's future inhabitability?
In order for people change their habits, the pain of staying the same has to be greater than the pain of change. I hope that we will not have to increase the pain threshold too much more before we make the significant personal and collective changes needed to keep our planet habitable for the generations that follow. The Earth's future sustainability and habitability will require one more "ability"... our adaptability to change.