The ‘Three Pillars’ of sustainability are denial, profit and lies. They are built from bricks of hedonistic self-indulgence. The mortar that holds these in place is made from pointless rhetoric (which is in abundant supply) and poured from a bucket labeled ‘Climate Summit’. They stand steady on foundations paved with good intent and support a lintel, on which rests the human ego.
The human race cannot even agree to disagree on subjects such as religion, mineral rights, water rights etc., so how on earth are we all going to get on happily together, crippling our economies for the benefit of mankind and the planet? We will not we cannot. The real meaning of sustainability comes to the fore; Survival of the fittest, both economically and politically.
A greenwash word
Most sustainability science focuses on efforts to improve standards of living and reduce environmental impacts at local to regional scales. These efforts will ultimately and inevitably fail because the global system is unsustainable.
Modern humans have already exceeded global limits on population and socioeconomic development, because essential resources are being consumed at unsustainable rates. The bottom line is that the growing human population and economy are being fed by unsustainable use of finite resources.
The idea that any community can be sustainable relies on the principle that we don't consume what we can't replace.
I said…We do not consume what we cannot replace!
Sustainable development (the prime green-wash propaganda) assumes that such initiatives do little or no harm to local ecosystems. But the replacement or renewal of natural resources is impossible.
Sadly, sustainability has become a trendy obsession. Perhaps the only thing that most politicians, economists and many business leaders crave even more is constant economic growth, as both generate profit, but in plain survival terms, the latter is as ludicrous a proposition as the former. It is therefore not surprising that economists and politicians have amalgamated the two concepts into the preposterous notion of "sustainable economic growth".
Most people know almost nothing about the mechanics of sustainability, the architects, planners and politicians expounding on the virtues of sustainability know even less. It's the biggest problem facing the world today and it isn't being talked about is if we care if anything will be left for the next generation.
The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation.
They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands.
Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow, levels the population with the food of the world.
Our planet and our resources are finite and all the sustainability in the world cannot sustain natures plan when a single species reaches plague proportions.
When a population of a species exceeds the carrying capacity (the relevant resources, such as the water and essential nutrients they need to survive) of its ecological niche, the function of depopulation occurs; starvation, thirst, disease and violent competition for scarce resources produce a sharp reduction in population.
A man is born into a world already possessed - if he cannot get subsistence from his parents on whom he has a just demand, and if the society does not want his labour, has no claim of right to the smallest portion of food.
At nature's mighty feast there is no vacant cover for him. She tells him to be gone, and will quickly execute her own orders, if he does not work upon the compassion of some of her guests.
If these guests get up and make room for him, other intruders immediately appear demanding the same favour. The plenty that before reigned is changed into scarcity; and the happiness of the guests is destroyed by the spectacle of misery and dependence in every part of the hall…. Thomas Malthus… Essay on Population 1803.