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Title: Models of Sustainability


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Models of Sustainability
  • Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.

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The Limits Frame
  • David Orr
  • A sustainable society does not undermine resource
    base and biotic stocks on which its future
    prosperity depends

Overshoot, Carrying Capacity, Finite
Earth
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ltPhantom Capacitygt
CARRYING CAPACITY
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Tragedy of the Commons Frame
  • Individuals seek their self interest, hurt
    groups
  • The Commons Conundrum---if 10 people share a
    common field with a carrying capacity of 30
    cattle, it is in our individual interest to have
    4 or 5 cattle, because the loss is shared.
  • Garrett Hardins Lifeboat Ethics

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Systems frame
Modeling Complex Systems Cont.
  • Can we depend upon required inputs and is there
    blowback from our outputs?
  • Von Bertalanffy---General Systems Theory

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Ecological Footprint Frame
  • How much demand does our lifestyle make on the
    environment, both in terms of demand for
    resources and for assimilative capacity for the
    pollution we create.

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Equity Frame
  • Environmental Justice
  • Cross Generational
  • Lester Brown A sustainable society is one that
    satisfies its needs without jeopardizing the
    prospects of future generations.
  • Biocentric Equality

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Renewability frame
  • Herman Dalys (Daly and Cobb, 1992.)three common
    sense guidelines for a sustainable society
  • Are we employing renewable resources to the
    maximum amount allowed by their rate of renewal?
  • Are nonrenewable resources used only when
    absolutely necessary, and then in the most
    limited and efficient way possible?
  • Are we producing pollution beyond the
    assimilative capacity of the environment?

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Entropy/laws of thermodynamics frame
  • How much disorder do we create?
  • How fast do we create it?
  • What types of disorder do we create?

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Development Frame
  • Brundtlund Sustainable Development
  • Lessen impact of rich and poor
  • Redefine development
  • Incorporates belief in growth and
    progresssocietys progression from primitive to
    advanced (Social Darwinism)
  • Incorporates belief in growth economics

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Community Process Frame creating sense of
community and social purpose while enhancing
social relationships.
  • Forming coalitions
  • Creating community wide planning and visioning
  • Increasing opportunities to participate
  • Pedestrianism and public
  • Pride in community
  • Creation of a common culture while respecting
    diversity
  • Enhancing communication
  • Recognizing significant accomplishments
  • Create convivial functions and arts and Social
    events
  • Livelihood Reorganizing work to give people time
    at home, family, community

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Steve Viederman
  • A sustainable society is a participatory process
    that creates and pursues a vision of community
    that respects and makes prudent use of all of its
    resourcesnatural, human, human-created, social,
    cultural, scientific, etc.
  • Sustainability seeks to ensure for the present
    and succeeding generations a high degree of
    economic security and can realize the democratic
    and popular participation and the wisdom and
    intelligence to use what is provided in an
    appropriate manner.

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