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Sustainable Living Outline

Sustainable Living Outline - SUSTAINABLE LIVING Humans and...

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING Humans and Global Ecology Human population growing at ~1.2% per year We are using 1.5 earths to support us Sustainability and Resources Sustainability o Defined as the capacity to use resources in a way that does not impair them or diminish them Sustainable Development o Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs Tragedy of the Commons o First described by Garrett Hardin o Free pasturelands were overgrazed and unproductive o Biosphere is a large commons o Some countries are using more than their fair share Global Efforts International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Large global conservation network Help develop and implement laws and best practices US Efforts Clean Water Act o To achieve the broader goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters so that they can
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