Thursday, May 29, 2008

Which plan?

What is the link between sustainability and development? To some, this may be an obvious question, while others fail to see how actions in their own lives have an effect on the global scale.

A BBC article discusses the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) review which recently released a report outlining how the current depletion of resources is also depleting the living standards of a majority of the world.

Although it began slowly at first, the effects of the changing climate are becoming more obvious. From large scale disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the recent cyclone in Myanmar, to the recent rises in the cost of food, it is becoming more obvious that the ways in which each person in the world lives is not sustainable. We can not continue to consume resources at this rate.

I recently finished the book Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. Lester Brown leads the Earth Policy Institute which is dedicated to building a sustainable future. This book gives a decent outline of the sustainability issues we are faced with today. I felt it brushed over a few areas in too little detail and didn't provide a lot of concrete solutions, but overall the book was a pretty good overview of our current situation.

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