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Eco Minute September 3, 2014

Jem Sullivan

The second myth of sustainability is that it’s all about the environment.  Although the word environment does not appear in the definition of sustainability, that’s what is most generally associated with it, and that is because many people in the environmental movement refer to sustainability. 

However, according to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0, the goal of the original United Nations report on sustainability was to find ways for poor countries to catch up to the richer ones in terms of their standard of living.  That meant giving poorer nations better access to natural resources, including water, energy, and food. 

Too much of the world uses resources inefficiently or generates more waste than they can handle jeopardizing the future.  Along with concerns for the environment, however, are those for the economy and social justice.  

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.