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We believe that maintaining sufficient amounts of all

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Unformatted text preview: of weak and strong sustainability and the Laws of Sustainability, we can understand the more sophisticated definition of sustainability given by the Global Footprint Network (GFN 2009): “The essence of sustainability is a commitment to human well-being – wellbeing that lasts. We believe that maintaining “sufficient amounts of all the assets that matter for wellbeing” in order to make well-being last necessitates the following: either a) using the key ingredient to every value chain – living natural capital – no faster than it regenerates (“strong sustainability”), or b) if these assets are used faster, that these assets are not depleted faster than other human-made processes are able to compensate for the lost services from the living natural capital (“weak sustainability”). Naturalists versus Exemptionalists Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. ~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1964 There is a basic antagonism between the philoso...
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