Savagery Vs. Civilization In Golden

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What is sustainability? We hear the word sustainability nearly every day; it is buzzing in the media, culture and at work, but do we really know what it means? In my opinion, sustainability means that things can keep going, can sustain themselves, can continue into the future and go on forever. From a human prospective, sustainability for the planet means it can continue to do what it was designed to do—provide fresh air to breath, clean water, produce healthy food, and allow future generations to have a high quality of life forever. The earth is a system and everything is connected—society, environment, and economy. If we become more aware of ecological justice it will benefit our planet, and because humans are a part of the system, it is good for us too. Sustainability is based on a simple principle: everything that we need for our survival and wellbeing depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Jared Diamond explains in his article “Easter’s End” what happens to societies when they are not sustainable: even though Polynesian colonists inhabited Easter Island around 1,600 years ago they still managed to destroy nearly all of the island’s forests, on which they depended for their livelihood. As a result, they could not maintain the conditions that would sustain their society, and the civilization disappeared. If this could happen 1,600 years ago before technology, nowadays it is likely to happen twice as fast. If we want to avoid a collapse like that of Easter Island, we need to be a more sustainable society. The way we live our lives today, the way our products are manufactured and transported, the energy systems we use, and
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