Sustainability: A brief definition by John Ikerd

eric + michiko emstorm at
Tue Aug 31 23:45:12 EDT 1999

Larry posted:
>Sustainability ultimately is about intergenerational equity - to meet the
>needs of the present while leaving equal or better opportunities for the
>future. - John Ikerd

Lee wrote:
> I have a pet peeve about sustainability definitions which mention
> "meeting the needs of the present" when we are already overconsuming the
> carrying capacity of the planet now!

I saw the definition as being too human centered, meeting _our_ needs and
not worrying about / mentioning the rest of the planet.  Taking Larry's
later post into account, I still think the a _definition_ should not leave
out such important aspects as Lee and I have brought up.

Eric Storm

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