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Sustainability reduces many types of risk related to

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Unformatted text preview: the probability of running out of essential resources (food, water, and energy) and of being exposed to a harmful environment. Sustainability reduces many types of risk related to the economy, global climate change, pollution, natural hazards, and availability of food, water, and energy. True sustainability also requires zero growth of population and the economy. The scientific term for this is a ‘steady state’ where inputs equal outputs. For example, zero population growth requires that the birth rate equal the death rate. Organization such as The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (http://steadystate.org/) advocate for the slowing of economic growth, which depletes natural resources and causes environmental degradation, in some cases to such a degree that human wellbeing is diminished. In common use the word development is taken to mean economic growth, but economic growth cannot be maintained indefinitely in a world with finite resources and space. This type of sustainable development is preferable to unsustainable development, but it cannot crea...
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