Here’s what ‘sustainability’ really means

In 1987, the United Nations introduced the concept of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the ’90s, based on mounting scientific evidence that overpopulation, industrial growth, consumerism, environmental change, among other factors, were threatening the world’s natural resources, the great climate-change debate emerged. It still rages.

But like most people, I didn’t pay much attention until the issue was, almost literally, “in my back yard.” In a series of recent articles, however, the Miami Herald has brought public focus to the fact that climate change is not only likely occurring, the seas are measurably rising. — Full Story at Miami Herald

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