Blog Response to Prompt 3: Social and Population

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       With the earth’s population density rapidly increasing, our ability to maintain an environment that fosters socially sustainable practices is put into serious question. In order to ensure social sustainability in the upcoming generations, we must first come to a complete understanding of our environmental limitations and how we must adjust our level of consumption in order to fit within our earth’s ecological constraints . As Kenny Ausubel explains in “Dreaming the Future”, “It is not only a new gadget that will make us more sustainable, but human resilience and adaptability.”  To fully address this issue, we must first focus on radically reducing the level of global poverty so that people are able to achieve a basic standard of wellbeing through adequate access to basic resources. This will require a significant overhaul in the infrastructure of many developing nations by allowing these underdeveloped communities to gain access to modern forms of technology as well as the educational resources needed to develop a more environmentally conscious mindset. After a basic standard of living is established, we will be able to focus our efforts on implementing global restrictions and regulations that foster sustainable development. This will require the usage of economic incentives that will increase investment in more environmentally conscious forms of energy such as generating electricity from landfill waste or solar power. It is important to realize that we possess a vast amount of technology that will easily allow us to make the switch to developing an economy that ensures a minimum standard of social wellbeing and that it is our lack of sufficient education and access to basic resources that hinders our ability to properly sustain ourselves as a global community. In addition, we also must foster the growth of new environmentally conscious jobs in our global market economies that focus on raising productivity as well as reducing environmentally hazardous practices. Lastly, we need to realize how societies across the globe must remain interconnected to each other and the surrounding environment in order to compromise on pressing global issues such as climate change and usage of natural resources. This will allow for the development of international legislation that promotes environmental sustainability while acknowledging the individual desires and needs of each nation involved. If we are able to come to these important realizations, then we will be more equipped to handle the increasing global population while still implementing policies that promote a greater level of human equality, health, and wellbeing for the future generations to come.

 

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  1. You point out a number of wonderful ways to restructure our global society to adapt to a future that embraces environmental limitations as well as pursues sustainable actions and technologies. I do however believe that first and foremost, alongside helping reduce global poverty and instill a sustainable mindset, we must also radically alter the social and economic behaviors of the developed world. While it will be crucial to prepare developing nations for a future faced with overpopulation and scarce resources, we must also take measures to halt the current destructive trends so that we can make the most of what we still have for everyone on Earth. Developed nations by far commit the worst crimes against the environment and if any developing nation is to have a chance at social/environmental prosperity, the world’s wealthy need to first restructure their ‘business as usual’ behaviors.

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