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Sustainability is not a luxury! (Why a Green City Guide?)

The weather is gorgeous and the water is glistening blue here in Chicago. 

It’s easy, perhaps, to forget that there is right now a very, very large patch of the North Pacific Ocean covered in trash- a floating field of all the world’s plastic discarded into rivers and landfills over the years.

While a soda bottle might have been thrown “away” in 1983, it may still be sailing the oceans blue somewhere northwest of Hawaii, free to float for decades until decomposition finally takes hold.  Some bits will end up in the bellies of unfortunate sea life, and some bits will make it to the plates of diners in LA and Japan, tucked into their crab dinners and shrimp cocktail.

Headlines from every corner of the globe, from Main Street to remote jungles, deserts and waterways have highlighted the interrelated world in which we live.  Our place on this planet, our lives and actions, have never been truly separable from our wider communities and environment.  But the realities of this interdependence have never been more palpable.  It’s the full report of our follies in High-Fi, 24-hour updates.

The effects of our choices are laid bare in every story that comes across the net describing another endangered species, bankrupt business or displaced and impoverished people.  The world seems a lot smaller these days.  And it is now more than ever that we must recognize our potential for making a difference!

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Sustainability is not a luxury.  It is, and has always been, a necessity.

By definition, those actions that are “sustainable” are those that do not rob from the future to satisfy our whims and fancies now.  Sustainable development, as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987, entails simply an approach that meets the

needs of the present “without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  Most ecosystems and cultures have survived for eons because of natural, self-regulating processes of sustainable adaptation.  If you scrap the future to live large today, you don’t stick around for long.  We’ve spent the last couple generations creating a very consumptive and destructive society, under the assumption that expansion is always a good thing.  But there will certainly be no government “bail out” waiting for us when we finish trashing this planet.  It seems like a simple concept, but how many choices did each of us make today that truly took this into consideration?

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