We are all living in an age where the word Sustainability more typically lends itself to corporate behaviour.
The question is whether civilization ( what ever civilization mean these days) can continue on its current path without undermining prospects for future well-being.
Can humanity alter current behaviors that are leading to self destruction.
The North America’s Iroguis had a proverb ” We have not inherited the earth from our fathers,we are borrowing it from our children.
So what’s going on? and can it keep going on in this way, on this scale, at this pace.
It will almost certainly take more cooperation and more sharing that we can imagine in a world driven by competition and individual accumulation of wealth.
Societies are unlikely to enact policies and programs that favor the future, at the expense of people living in the present, especially the poorer among us. We have little choice but to give priority to the needs of human beings alive today.
On the other hand we classify ourselves as a Smart and adaptive species which might explain why so many important economic and environmental trends seem headed in conflicting and even opposite directions.