Every now and again, I wonder HOW our attempts at sustainability ARE SUPPOSED TO result in evidential(real) sustainability, how our “alternative” cultural experiments have helped, apart from entertainment value.
It might be a good time to look at the word “sustainable”. Below are definitions from three online dictionaries.
The adjective “sustainable” (www.oxforddictionaries.com): 1 Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level: sustainable economic growth 1.1 Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources: our fundamental commitment to sustainable development 2 Able to be upheld or defended: sustainable definitions of good educational practice
The adjective “sustainable” (www.merriam-webster.com): 1: capable of being sustained 2a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged 2b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods
The noun sustainability (www.dictionary.com): 1. the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed. 2. Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance: Example sentence: The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that use energy.