Sustainability Ethics


Sustainability is usefully defined as “meeting human needs in a socially just manner without depriving ecosystems of their health.”  Most of the words in that definition are value-laden.  Depending on how critical terms such as “human needs” and “ecosystem health” are defined, sustainability could mean anything from “exploit as much as desired without infringing on the future ability to exploit as much as desired” to “exploit as little as necessary to maintain a meaningful life.”  These two definitions for sustainability represent wildly different visions for the future.  Achieving sustainability is unlikely without working through the ethical dimensions of sustainability.

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Sustainability
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An ethical revolution*http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/383966/true_sustainability_needs_an_ethical_revolution.htmlhttp://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/383966/true_sustainability_needs_an_ethical_revolution.htmlSustainability_files/Vucetich_Nelson_Sustainability_2010_1.pdfshapeimage_9_link_0shapeimage_9_link_1

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published in Bioscience

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The Ecologist

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Sustainability_files/Vucetich_Nelson_Sustainability_2010_2.pdf
Sustainability_files/Vucetich_Nelson_Sustainability_2010_3.pdf
http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/383966/true_sustainability_needs_an_ethical_revolution.html

Stewarding the ethical dimension of conservation, natural resource management, & sustainability

*Materials created with members of the Conservation Ethics Group.

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