Sustainable word play

It’s become the new political catchword — sustainability.

It’s become the new political catchword — sustainability. And like most catchwords, it’s being overused to the point that its meaning is becoming lost.

We’ve got environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, sustainable food systems, water sustainability, sustainable energy, sustainable education, sustainable health care… the list goes on. You can pretty much couple the word with anything to make it sound dire and drastic.

It’s used by the political left, the political right and everybody in between. A quick check of Google Trends shows its use in the media has skyrocketed since 2008.

Sustainability science has even become a new academic discipline for the 21st century. Google defines sustainability science as: “The cultivation, integration, and application of knowledge about Earth systems gained especially from the holistic and historical sciences (such as geology, ecology, climatology, oceanography) co-ordinated with knowledge about human interrelationships gained from the social sciences and humanities, in order to evaluate, mitigate, and minimize the consequences, regionally and worldwide, of human impacts on planetary systems and on societies across the globe and into the future — that is, in order that humans can be knowledgeable Earth stewards.”

That’s a mouthful and pretty much all encompassing.

It’s pretty obvious the way the world is heading environmentally and economically is unsustainable. And being that the large majority of people on this planet would like to see a better world for themselves and their children, it’s safe to say the masses are on board for a more sustainable future.

When we ponder our decisions for election day, it’s always wise to dig as deep as we can into a candidate’s platform. Throwing out catchwords like sustainability is easy; backing it up with ideas and actions that translate into real change for a better future is much more difficult.


Just Posted

RDCK to purchase lands around Cottonwood Lake

21.6 hectares will be purchased for $450,000

COLUMN: Helping my father keep his dignity as he was dying

Nelson teacher Robyn Sheppard reflects on the life and death of her father

Nelson presents proposed 2019 budget with undecided tax increase

Further details will be available after a council meeting in April.

Nelson to get legal opinion on right-to-life street banner

Does the Nelson Right to Life banner violate the Charter of Rights?

Celebrate World Water Day in Crescent Valley

The event is organized by the Perry Ridge Watershed Association

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

College of the Rockies to add 96 beds for student housing in Cranbrook

$17.7 million project featuring six cottege-style buildings to be completed by 2020

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Most Read