Sustainability

Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life as we know it. "Blue Marble" NASA composite images: 2001 (left), 2002 (right). - Wikimedia Commons

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for human well-being. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems.

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