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sustainable economy without a sustainable society, which in turn requires a sustainable environment. Figure 3. Fig. 1.1: The three spheres of sustainability. Figure 4. The nested spheres of sustainability. Current policies emphasize the economic component over social and environmental. "This is a major
reason why the environment continues to be degraded and development does not achieve desirable equity
goals. The three 'pillars' cannot be treated as if equivalent. First, the economy is an institution that emerges
from society...The environment is different, since it is not created by society. Thinking about tradeoffs rarely
acknowledges this. Second, the environment underpins both society and economy (Adams 2006)."
1/20/2011 Chapter One: Principles
The global economy and human population are increasing in size at an exponential rate (see Chapters 2
and 3). Exponential rates of change of any kind are unsustainable and lead to unstable systems. To achieve
sustainability we must slow the rate of growth of the economy a...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 510 taught by Professor Marker during the Fall '14 term at Black Hills State University.
- Fall '14