Thanks to Gary Oppenheim on Flickr for this evocative Creative Commons photo
Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s School of Construction and the Environment, gave a thought-provoking talk. Key points that stuck with me were three paradoxes of sustainability.
Paradoxes of Sustainability
1. Efficiency – doing more with less
BUT Where do the savings go? There is always a rebound effect, with an ultimate increase in demand
2. Growth – “the rising tide lifts all boats”
BUT the bottom billion are still there. The law of competitive advantage applies, with those at the top benefiting the most from growth.
3. Information – more and better information will help solve problems more effectively
BUT we are losing the information we need to live sustainably … Continue Reading