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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- Fall '14
- John C. Ayers