Sustainable Humanity (excerpt):

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

As we observe nature around us we see that life by default tends to grow exponentially to fill all available, fertile space, until it encounters a limiting border or circumstance. It also adapts to many of these limits to grow beyond them. Some species of life become extinct through natural causes or through encroachment by other species. Humanity is just following these natural laws of life, progressively finding ways to cross the limits it encounters. Mankind’s intelligence is also an adaptive tool used to push natural boundaries and cross ever more limits.

We are now at a point where our adaptive intelligence is warning us of danger ahead, and that we must restrain our expansion to avoid extinction.   Ultimately life will regulate itself but nature’s default regulatory system is brutally lethal. We must do better. Humanity must voluntarily live within a ‘Safe Operating Space’ to be sustainable (325).

To avoid extinction we must address these safe operating-space breaches intelligently and make the required corrections to our consumption and production patterns before nature does it for us. This requires that we individually take an interest in these boundaries and take personal steps to maintain them. We can’t afford to just leave it to governments, or to give up because we think that probably not enough others will do it. If you are doing your part then that is a solid foundation to sustainability.


325. University of California – Santa Barbara. Scientists Outline ‘Safe Operating Space’ For Humanity. ScienceDaily. [Online] 24 Sep 2009. [Cited: 2010 JUN 06.]


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