Sustainability is a term often used in many different disciplines. Whether they belong to a scientific or business type of discourse, one thing is the same between them. They are all aware of how resource management is a vital aspect of any activity.
Why Is Sustainability Important For Any System?
Resource management and sustainability have a lot to do with the features of nature, which can perhaps be viewed as a feature of life itself: it is vulnerable, and it is not going to last forever. This might seem a bit too romanticized, but even a corporate director who wants to close a deal worth a few billion dollars, has this fact in the back of his mind (or at least he or she should).
When people think about engaging in any kind of activity, the idea of its sustainability is always present, lurking in the background, and raising alarms when something does not seem right. If something is described as non-sustainable, it means that project management as a concept has failed.
Sustainability And The Ecosystem
Without any doubt, we have never been more concerned about the environment than we are at this moment in history. The problems with the climate are extreme. We are breaking the highest-temperature records year after year. Hurricanes and tornadoes have shown us how scaringly devastating they can be, and wildfires have the power to become so massive they can devastate huge parts of a whole continent.
How is the idea of sustainability connected with problems that happen with Earth's climate system? Well, our home is one big ecosystem: one that supports biodiversity. More so, it depends on biodiversity. For years and years, before we started altering the very core of this planet, Earth's ecosystem always found a way to regulate itself, which in essence means - it was sustainable. So, the first major benefit of sustainability we can extrapolate from this is that it allows for a stable system.
Actions Cause Reactions, Right?
When nature's ability to regenerate, or better to say, when the natural resources we use do not have the time to replenish themselves, and we destroy them with pollution, is absent - the system becomes unstable. Please do not get this wrong, the Earth has nothing against you as a person, but it will react without caring for your home, or your life. The Earth we talk about is not a person; it does not have an agenda, it does not belong to either the democrats or the republicans, all it wants is to remember us who got the seniority here.
If you think of an economic system like the one we practice today, you might see some of the problems when ideas of sustainability start to separate within particular groups. From a capitalistic perspective, where profit rules above everything, it is not sustainable to stop producing, and for that matter, to fight against pollution.
All of this, however, does not mean that people should stop producing because any kind of massive halt in the economy of the world seems to cause other problems, and the latest economic turmoil because of the Coronavirus pandemic serves as an excellent example for that. What it does mean is that all of us need to insist on changing the priorities if we want to have a place to live. Sustainability of the current economic system does not agree with the sustainability of the planet that is our home.