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Unformatted text preview: That the world we now live in is unsustainable goes without saying. Our skyrocketing population puts enormous pressure on the productive and absorptive capacities of the land, outstripping the natural carrying capacity of the planet by some twenty percent. As ever more fisheries collapse, forests shrink, rangelands deteriorate, soils erode, species vanish, temperatures rise, rivers run dry, water tables fall, ozone depletion expands and polar ice caps melt across the globe, the single most important question humanity has faced resonates ever louder: How can we live sustainably? In other words, ecological crisis is a crisis of education. And yet, as Orr makes so clear, The concept of sustainability is itself extremely contentious and subject to many interpretations ranging from radical ecological transformation to business as usual. the big sense, sustainability is about the ongoing health of the earth, the living things on it (including people), and the natural systems that support them. One step further in, it is about solving problems in a way that balances the needs of people, the environment and...
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2010 for the course MATH 2650 taught by Professor Browning during the Spring '10 term at Western Michigan.
- Spring '10