Sustainability - A Not So Brief Definition
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
london at metalab.unc.edu
Wed Sep 1 13:04:05 EDT 1999
On Wed, 1 Sep 1999, eric + michiko wrote:
> Prompted by the recent definition of sustainable, I decided to give it a
> try. With this definition it is obvious that the goal is not sustainable,
> but invigoration. Let me know what you think.
> Sustainable is one side of a continuum, unsustainable the other. They are
> divided by a point in the middle. At the extremes are devastation and
> invigoration. Sustainable means that the system in question will continue
> to function at a level of vitality relative to the degree of benefit or
> destruction and disruption caused by one's actions. Unsustainable means
> that the destruction and disruption of one's actions will not allow the
> system to continue; the system will progressively degrade, at a speed
> relative to the level of destruction and disruption of one's actions, and
> at some time cease to function.
> I hope this leaves you invigorated ; )
It did. Very nicely done.
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