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Unrestrained growth threatens Earth’s biosphere. I believe we need sustainable development: meeting present needs without compromising the future. Each generation should leave the next at least as much wealth per capita as it inherited, where wealth includes both manmade & natural capital.  Economies should be based on people & environment friendly technologies, renewable energy use, and resource recycling. Their health should be gauged by indicators of sustainability and human well being. To transition to future sustainability, we need education that promotes new values and a long-term, global perspective.  I like lifestyles that maximize well-being, while minimizing consumption and one's ecological footprint.  I am a fan of reusing, recycling, voluntary simplicity, "small is beautiful," and appropriate technology--which has little or no significant environmental impact and takes advantage of what is relatively abundant (including human labor) where it is employed.  I do not view economic growth as unequivocally good, nor do I agree "bigger is better." (Note: Some practice enoughness less for environmental, ethical, or spiritual reasons, and more out of necessity. For them it begins with a frugal orientation and involves lots of creatively "making do.")

WV Theme #23A: Sustainability

WV Theme #23B: Enoughness 

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

appreciates how Ecosystem services benefit humans practices voluntary simplicity, Simple Living to some degree
see problems with fossil fuel use, values renewable energy appreciates Sustainable Living type lifestyles
concerned about Global Warming lifestyle choice inspired by religion/Christian Views Poverty &Wealth  
appreciates need for resource recycling values global citizen Ecosharing type ethic

summary Wikipedia article: Sustainability

summary Wikipedia article: none

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3132 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1132
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 6 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 54

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #23A: Sustainability 

Sustainable Development (from online encyclopedia)
Ecological Economics (from online encyclopedia)
Steady State Economy  (from online encyclopedia)
Climate Change (from online encyclopedia)
Stewardship (from online encyclopedia)
Sustainability Measurement (from online encyclopedia)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (from online encyclopedia)
The Limits to Growth (from online encyclopedia, about 1972 book: lead author Donella Meadows)
Various Definitions of Terms Related to Sustainability  
Worldview Watch #44, posted 5/19/2015: Steps Toward a Pay As You Go Economy
Sustainability Now (references, links, etc from engineering perspective)
Links on Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development
The Worldwatch Institute
The Sustainability Institute (founded by Donella Meadows)
Population Connection (non-profit organization founded as Zero Population Growth in 1968)
Links on Sustainability and Corporate Environmentalism
Earth Observatory (NASA website)
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (at UC Berkeley)
National Resources Defense Council -- global warming
NY Times archive of articles on global warming and climate change
This is Climate Change (a photo gallery)
How Climate Change is Destroying Earth (summary of the argument in graphical/pictorial form, from learnstuff.com) 
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Rocky Mountain Institute
The Ethic of Zero Growth
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Sustainable World Coalition
World Resources Institute
"Climate Change: It's Getting Hotter" (article assesses damage already done, in The Economist , Oct 3 2015)
"Water Guzzling Agriculture" by Reed McManus  (report on the price of food in terms of water used, Sierra magazine September 2015)
"California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth" by A. Nagourney etal (article from The New York Times April 4, 2015)
"Earth's Dashboard is Flashing Red--Are Enough People Listening?" by Dennis Dimick  (report from National Geographic Feb 2 2015) 
"It's Official: 2014 Was Hottest Year"  (news item from The Washington Post Jan 16 2015)
"Climate Change: In the Balance"  (article about a new way to view the problem based on latest IPCC report, from The Economist Apr 5 2014)
"Cloudy Forecast" by Gabriel Popkin (about clouds as the biggest uncertainty in climate modeling, article from Science News Mar 22 2014)
"The Future of the Oceans: Acid Test" (article from The Economist Nov 23 2013)
"Human Assault Pushes Ocean to Limit Unseen in 300 Million Years" by Jon Queally (Oct 3 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
"The Next Frontier" by Jeffrey Sachs (guest article presents his vision for sustainable development in The Economist Sep 21 2013)
"Limits to Growth: 1972 Collapse Prediction Still on Track" by The Common Dreams staff (April 6 2012 article)
"Perpetual Growth Myth Leading World to Meltdown" (Feb 2012 article re: UN report, by Common Dreams staff)
Plan B 2.0: Rescuing A Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown (entire book online)
Earth Trends: Environmental information (includes detailed searchable database, from World Resources Institute)
The Unsustainability of Development
Energy Use and Sustainable Development

"Persian Gulf may soon be too hot to support human life" (AP story Oct 27 2015)

"Carbon Dioxide Passes a Symbolic Mark" (May 10 2013 report on BBC News website)
"What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development" by C. Schuetze (Dec 3 2012 NY Times)

"With Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, Worries on Slowing Warming" (article Dec 2 2012 NY Times )

"It's Global Warming, Stupid!" by Paul Barrett (article from BusinessWeek November 1 2012)
"Public Awakens to Limits to Growth" by Ugo Bardi (April 5 2012 post on Financial Sense website)
"Melting Arctic Link to Cold, Snowy UK Winters" by Richard Black (Feb 27 2012 BBC News report)
"As Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Study the Risks" by Justin Gillis (Dec 16 2011 NY Times article)
"Shock as Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice Releases Deadly Greenhouse Gas"  (Dec 2011 article in The Independent/UK)
"Monster Greenhouse Gas Levels Seen" (CBS News report, November 3 2011)
"Climate Change: The Heat is On" (article from The Economist October 22 2011)
2010 - 2011: Earth's most extreme weather since 1816? by Jeff Masters, meteorologist
"Climate Change: It's Bad and Getting Worse" by Dahr Jamail (June 2011 Al-Jazeera news story)
"State of the Ocean: Shocking Report Warns of Mass Extinction" (news story on Huffington Post May 2011)
Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future by Saleem H. Ali (review at Forbes of  2009 book)
"Setting Boundaries: Ten Guidelines to Save Earth" by David Biello (in Dec 2009 Scientific American)
"A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030" by M. Jacobsen and M. Delucchi  (in Nov 2009 Scientific American)
The Biology and Business of Biofuels: Climate and The Challenges of Sustainable Fuels (2008 UCTV program)
Greenhouse Reduction - Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide (2008 UCTV program)
"Is the Future of Biofuels in Algae?" by J. Donovan and N. Stowe (Renewable Energy World article Jun 2009)
The Power of Renewables, by Matthew Wald (from March 2009 issue of Scientific American)
How Meat Contributes to Global Warming, by Nathan Fiala (from Feb 2009 issue of Scientific American)
"What Does the Arab World Do When Its Water Runs Out?" by John Vidal (from Feb 2011 The Guardian)
"Facing the Freshwater Crisis" by Peter Rogers (Aug 2008 article re: sustainable use of water from Scientific American
"The Next Big Biofuel" by Tim Padgett (in Time February 9 2009)
"Climate Change: The Tragedy of the Himalayas, by Bryan Walsh"  (in Time December 14 2009)
"Uncle Sam Needs to Solve the Energy Crisis" by Jeffrey Sachs (in Time June 9, 2008)
Earth: The Sequel, by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn (more about this 2008 book on treehugger website)
Special Issue Scientific American Magazine:  Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World (Sep, 2006 issue)
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World ed. Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow (from Sierra Club Books)
"21st Century Strategies for Sustainability" by Hazel Henderson (2005 article / economic focus)
Special Science Magazine Series on the State of  the Planet (written late 2003)
Climate Ark's Sustainability Initiatives Solutions
"Skeptics Find Fault With U.N. Climate Panel" by Elisabeth Rosenthal  (Feb 8 2010 NY Times article)
books Cool It and The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Bjorn Lomborg  
Correcting Myths from Bjorn Lomborg
Manmade Global Warming Claims--Hundreds of Scientists Dissent (2008 US Senate Minority Report)
Climate Change--2005 floor speech by Sen. James Inhofe ("greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public")
quotes about sustainability from the Sustainable Communities Network

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #23B: Enoughness 

Affluenza  (from online encyclopedia)
Small is Beautiful (about the classic 1973 book, from online encyclopedia)  
Buy Local (from online encyclopedia)
Thrifting (from online encyclopedia)
Criticism of SUVs (from online encyclopedia)
Small House Movement (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #1: Expanders and Restrainers
How Much is Enough?: The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth, by Alan Durning (summary of book)
"How Much is Enough?", by Vicki Robin (article) 
Too Much (website providing "commentary on excess and inequality")
Freecycle (website connecting "people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free")
Everything that Remains – A Memoir by the Minimalists by J. Milburn and R. Nicodemus  (more on this 2015 book)
The Zero Waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst  (more on this 2013 book) 
Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by R. Thurow and S. Kilman
Revisiting Economic Man, by Alexia Eastwood (2010 article on Share the World's Resources website)
"Six Small Spaces to Explore" (from IKEA website)
Microdwelling  (website offers "A Builder’s Showcase of Alternative Spaces for Simple Living")
"Goodbye McMansion, Hello Simple Life: What I Learned From Thoreau" by Kaci Yoh (October 26 2015 article Yes! magazine online)
"Inside Luxury Tiny Homes: Millennials, Retirees Bucking Mortgages and McMansions" by Lauren Lyster (Sep 27 2013 report from Yahoo's Daily Ticker)
"The Psychology of Minimalism" (commentary posted Aug 2 2013 on Sleepless Psyche Publishing website)
"The Great Recession: America Becomes Thrift Nation, by Nancy Gibbs" (cover story in Time April 27 2009)
"How to Live With Just 100 Things," by Lisa McLaughlin (article in Time June 16 2008)
"Tiny House, Big Freedom" (Dec 2012 photos / article about Ella Jenkins living in a 130 sq ft house)
The Enoughness Pledge
Calculate Your Ecological Footprint
Small is Beautiful: An Introduction to E.F. Schumacher, by Noah Enelow
The E.F. Schumacher Society
Enoughness, by Bill McKibbon  (natural world perspective)
"The Value of Voluntary Simplicity" by Richard B. Gregg (link to16 page classic essay originally published in 1936)
Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing (more about this classic book)
The Not So Big Life, by Sarah Susanka (2007 book by architect and author of The Not So Big House)
For American Consumers, How Much is Enough? by Jeffrey Shaffer (May, 2007 CSM article)
"Humanure: Goodbye Toilets, Hello Extreme Composting," by Adam Fisher (from Time December 14 2009)
Yahoo Directory: Voluntary Simplicity
Yahoo Directory: Budget Management--Thrift
Frugal Family -- Advice and Tips for the Tightwad
Frugal Families (emphasizing simple living, homesteading)
The Dollar Stretcher
The Simplicity Resource Guide
quotes related to simplicity
quotes related to material possessions

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