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Real Sustainability Versus Activist Sustainability

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 4:10 PM
Now,, why would anyone bash recycling? It can be a money maker for those who do it right. Ever see a scrap meta; yard? THAT is recycling. Expand the concept to glass, plastic, paper, and other items, and, as they used to say, there's gold in them thar hills (landfills).

Companies everywhere extol their sustainable development programs and goals. Sustainability drives UN programs like Agenda 21, EU and US green energy initiatives, and myriad manufacturing, agricultural, forestry and other efforts. But what is sustainability? What is – or isn’t – sustainable?

Former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland said sustainability means we may develop … and meet the needs of current generations … only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

At first blush, that sounds logical, perhaps even ethical. But on closer examination, it is...