The Simpleton’s Guide to Sustainability


From general to specific. Items in lists within good cells improve to the right from good to better to best. Any suggestions for additions or deletions?

Bad

Good

Destroy

Preserve

Dependent

Self-sufficient

Ignorance

Knowledge

Opinion

Fact

Waste

Conserve (reduce, reuse, recycle)

Spending

Saving

Consuming

Producing

Fat

Thin

Monoculture

Polyculture

Deficit

Surplus

Hidden costs

Triple bottom line accounting

Disposable

Reusable, recyclable, biodegradable

Noisy

Quiet

Polluting

Clean

Toxic

Benign

Clear-cutting

Selective harvesting

Coal

Solar and wind energy

Personal Automobiles

Public transportation

Beef

Soybeans, farm-raised herbivorous fish

Escalators, elevators

Stairs

Jet-ski

kayak or canoe

Powerboat

Sailboat

Snowmobile

Snowshoes

Downhill skiing

Cross-country skiing

Recreational vehicles

Tents and Cottages

Industrial agriculture

Organic Community Supported Agriculture

Using a treadmill

Walking outside

Driving

Running or bicycling

Travel for meetings

Videoconferencing

Daily commute to work

Telecommuting

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About johncayers

John C. Ayers is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. As a geochemist he specializes in sustainability and also the chemistry of natural waters. He has been PI on 5 and co-Pi on 2 grants from the National Science Foundation, and has a publication h-index of 14. He has been Associate editor of American Mineralogist and Geochemical Transactions of the American Chemical Society, and does GIS consulting for the ERS group. He is currently writing a book titled " Sustainability: The Problems of Peak Oil, Global Climate Change, and Environmental Degradation."
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