Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sustainability Myths and the Green Agenda

Thanks to Maria Manta Conroy for pointing out this Scientific American article, the Top Ten Myths About Sustainability.  Among other things, it points out the difference between being "green" and working on sustainability--probably a key distinction for defining what responsible environmental citizenship might entail. 

Sustainability is not an identity-category, for one thing, so while it might involve lifestyle choices and decisions, it's necessarily a social goal, only achievable collectively and by being embedded in institutional decision-making.  Sustainability originally comes out of the development agenda of the Brundtland commmission, meaning that global justice issues are rather more significant than a green reading might allow. 

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