All that environmentalists are trying to do is ensure that the value that we get from the planet is reflected in the priorities and decisions that are made by politicians, economics and markets, so that we might continue to have freedom of choice. Even if the choice of some of us is to treat the planet with disdain or ignorance.
Associating sustainability with a political viewpoint is an eternally frustrating issue that threatens our chances of achieving a sustainable future, why is it so common?
Sustainability practitioners need ways to maintain optimism, celebrate small successes but also keep an eye on the scale of change required.
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Science & sustainability tell us life is complicated. Does the populist desire for simplistic answers pose a threat to our chances for a sustainable future?
Natural philosophy for sustainability – science must recombine with its philosophical component to deliver the future we want.
A sustainable future depends upon our ability to perceive the limits of certainty, and to embrace the uncertainty that has always been there.
Geoengineering is discussed as a viable option to tackle climate change. Is it wise to rely upon hope and chance for our planetary future?
The mass effect of individual actions can produce an outcome at odds with the original intent of those decisions. Is this the manifest will of the people?
Out with the old? The “new” seldom really is new, built as it so often is upon the ramshackle foundations of the old – not upon fresh footings of its own.
Allowing the values we hold to be expressed through action should not be a matter of guilt. Sustainability will come when we turn the tide.
Sustainability echoes the European Enlightenment period. Today, 21st century Natural Philosophers hold their thinking up against today’s orthodoxies.
Humans unconsciously tend to assume that the status quo is somehow right and natural. How might this affect our ability to build a sustainable future?