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What is Whole-System Sustainability? Part 1: Basic Principles for Environmental Sustainability

| 5/30/2019 8:28:00 AM

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There are a great many cases where platitudes are voiced regarding “Sustainability” and more commonly, “Sustainable Development”. There are, fortunately, also many cases where individuals and even corporations are making a concerted effort towards reaching meaningful levels of sustainability. Nevertheless and far too often, “Sustainability” is rendered unsustainable for anything other than marketing and sales campaigns.

As cynical as that may seem, however, worse still are the many efforts where singularly sustainable areas are highlighted — usually at the expense of other equally important fields of concern. For anything to be truly sustainable, it must be systemically sustainable, which begs the question addressed in this article; What is Whole System (or Systemic) Sustainability? And more importantly, how is it attained in a truly sustainable development?

Sustainability in the Development Community

As was rather derisively noted above, sustainability is often used as little more than a catchphrase for marketing and sales purposes, with very little being sustainable at a meaningful level. This is especially true in both in issues of land development and human growth and development. The imperative first step in any undertaking is an accurate knowledge of just what the stated goal is in reality and in its entirety.

In terms of development theory, a good working definition for sustainability can mean being able to provide for at least the most basic wants and needs of the people today, without impeding the ability of future generations to do the same.

What is Singular Sustainability?

Often times, a singular portion of a major development will be focused on issues of sustainability. Generally, this is in the form of environmental sustainability, and generally encompasses little more than ensuring that very little waste has been generated during the construction of the development, while doing little if anything for the long-term issues of meaningful environmental sustainability.

The residents will likely still drive and otherwise traverse on paved streets and other surfaces that cover the vast majority of all open spaces. Residents will still likely shop in grocery stores that require goods to be shipped in from afar utilizing trucks and other means of shipping. If there are any “Greenbelts” included in the area, they will likely be left in a comparatively unproductive state, providing very little benefit to the human residents and little more than a very limited natural ecosystem for any of the local wildlife, even in a development that is ostensibly environmentally sustainable.

Ruth T. Sto Domingo
6/9/2019 8:46:49 AM

One of the original focuses of our operations in the Philippines, included large-scale open water fish ponds, replete with human habitats. We spoke with people from both Migaloo (Submarines) and another manufacturer of underwater modular housing units that is no longer in business. These units would have to be underwater so as to be largely unaffected by most storm fronts, though such is not as far-fetched as it may seem as the technology is already readily available. Funding however, I believe will require a more commercial approach to charitable investments, though also something which we believe that we have resolved. Now it is a matter of finding capital investors and/or similarly minded venture capitalists in order to begin establishing the parental foundation and the incorporated infrastructure requisite for the commencement of operations.

6/5/2019 8:25:49 PM

i would like to see a particular example with more detailed specificity. Once upon a time, i had a similar dream, to build commune-like communities in various areas of the planet, as i believe we have the technology to make almost everyplace on, under, or above the earth to be not only habitable, but profitable. It's a matter of addressing various needs, based in part on what part of the world is loved. Some love the mountains; some, foothills; some, plains; some rivers; some, oceans, some deserts, some the cold, some, the hot. The NWO/OWG types want to claim overpopulation and massive die-offs, when oceans cover 2/3'rds of the Earth's surface, for example, and it should not be an insurmountable hurdle to create towns/cities in the oceans, ones which could be retracted below the ocean's surface when inclement weather threatened; many forms of seafood could readily be cultivated, as well, and surplus could be traded. Fresh water can readily be obtained via desalinization plants, and with the tech from some adaptation of Stanley Meyer, bountiful hydrogen and oxygen could be extracted from the seawater for both breathing and combustion, as need be, not to mention sea salt and other trace minerals left over from the desalinization process. But each environment can be assessed for it's potential, and adapted for living. Even desert areas could be made quite habitable with various dew condensation devices for water, and the abundance of sun could be used to create glass manufacturing plants with the abundant sand, as well as all the various items which can be created from said glass, anything from practical bottles and canning containers to decorative and artistic items, from mobiles to Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, far too much salt and salt-like substances - nano-particulates - are being dumped on the earth's population at this time, probably for nefarious purposes at least in part related to the anti-human depopulation agenda of the PtB.

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