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Eco Minute September 2, 2014, 2014

Jem Sullivan

The first myth of sustainability is that nobody really knows what it means.  According to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 magazine, the 1987 United Nations World Commission on the Environment and Development’s definition of sustainability, "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" is pretty straightforward.  It means that no generation should take more than its share. 

Development should be conducted so that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better.  In other words, we need to live within our means, understand the interconnections among economy, society, and environment, and strive for an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities.  

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.