Life in 2030: Exploring a Sustainable Future for Canada by John B. Robinson (ed.)

By John B. Robinson (ed.)

Life in 2030 is a ground-breaking, useful, and, primarily, optimistic imaginative and prescient of lifestyles in twenty-first-century Canada. As we flow into the subsequent century, the improvement of sustainable and environmentally benign styles of source usage and socioeconomic improvement is a necessary precedence. during this e-book, John Robinson and his co-authors examine the prospect and affects of a sustainable destiny for Canada.
Contributors: David Biggs, George Francis, Russel Legge, Sally Lerner, D. Slocombe, Caroline Van Bers, John Robinson

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The initial impetus for the project was the recognition that studies of alternative energy futures (soft energy paths) were inadequate because they did not address the non-energy parts of society. It was hard to make a 'soft energy path' work in a society that was otherwise a business-as-usual world. More importantly, presumably the same kinds of environmental and social reasons that suggested the desirability of alternative energy paths would also apply to other sectors of society. In other words, what was needed was a soft-path kind of analysis applied to the whole of Canadian society.

Using our two examples, we are concerned with the sustainability of a certain type of society and of a particular forest ecosystem. This may or may not mean that any specific components of that society or that forest should be sustained. Rather, it is Canadian society, and the natural processes on which that society is dependent, that should be sustainable. This may or may not require sustainability for particular component subsystems. This position clarifies some of the issues but leaves important questions unresolved.

In other words, a sustainable society must be sustainable in both environmental and sociopolitical terms. This was also the conclusion reached by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987:8), commonly known as the Brundtland Commission. According to the commission, Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The concept of sustainable development does imply limits - not absolute limits but limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effect of human activities.

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