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About Sustainability

Sustainability is defined as working to help people and nature be successful by providing for today’s needs without compromising the needs of future generations.

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Currently, we do not live in a society that can provide for the future if we continue on our current path of resource consumption and environmental degradation. Additionally, a society where some people can afford to thrive while others cannot is not a sustainable one.

Utilizing the The Natural Step Framework, a sustainable society is one that utilizes natural resources wisely, reduces the pollution from persistent and harmful chemicals, stops our increasing degradation of nature, and works to support the success of all people. None of the solutions are currently possible, so anything that moves us towards them is needed, with the faith that someday we will achieve a sustainable balance.

This sustainable balance weighs environmental, social, and economic needs. Our future sustainable society will need to extract resources from nature, but will need to do so in a way that simultaneously preserves critical ecological systems, supports people’s livelihoods, and protects people's health.

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