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What does sustainability mean to you?

The word ‘sustainable’ has been appearing everywhere recently. New eco-friendly products, certain fisheries, agricultural and land management programs, even new housing developments bear the sustainable brand. People talk about leading more sustainable lives, buying sustainable food, and using sustainable energy. What do we really mean when we says sustainable? Is something sustainable just because it is renewable or is there a deeper sustainable ethic?

For the first Science and Sustainability open thread, we want to know what sustainable means to you. When you decide that something is sustainable, what qualities do you value? Where do you draw the line between sustainable and un-sustainable? Is there a binary, or can some things be more sustainable than others? And finally, when decide what is and is not sustainable, who do you trust?


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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