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|7th August 2000
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by Martin Powell
and Philip Sutton.
A definition of ecologically sustainable development
To, not just 'towards', ecological sustainability
Core requirements for the achievement of ecological sustainability
Setting the direction/strategies for action
The sustainability-promoting firm
The general concept of sustainability
"Development which achieves ecological sustainability while striving to meet society's other needs."Ecological sustainability is:
"the maintenance of life support systems (1) and the achievement of a 'natural' extinction rate (2)".
1. climate system, nutrient cycling, etc. - to achieve a healthy geophysiological state.
2. the rate that applies between major extinction events triggered by things such as large meteor strikes, ice ages and the invasion of humans not culturally adapted to the maintenance of ecological sustainability in the local context.
|The two core requirements for ecological sustainability are that:|
To be maintained, the diversity of life and the basis of its
Society must organise itself so that it is easy to maintain
the diversity of life and the basis of its productivity, so:
The diversity of life and the basis of its productivity must
not be systematically diminished by:
Society must have the capability and resilience to solve and
preferably prevent its major problems in a timely fashion, so society must be:
(8 system conditions)
(9 stretch goals)
(15 generic strategies)
|Society should be ecologically sustainable.||
Ecological sustainability must not be undermined by systematic:
Society must make it easy to achieve system conditions 1-3 by ensuring that:
Society should aim for:
Society should take action to:
Author: Philip Sutton