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September 16, 2013

Pinkey wrong about sustainability

I am a strong supporter of Adrian Kuzminski and everyone involved in Sustainable Otsego, including the excellent slate of SO candidates running for local and county offices. As a member of what Chuck Pinkey referred to as the “sustainability crowd” aka “a bunch of boobs,” I decided to submit a response to his recent column.

Wanting to be as clear as possible, I present the following definition that came up during a Google search of the term sustainability:

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials and resources to protect human health and our environment.

On the Merriam-Webster website, the definition of sustainability was accompanied by the following antonyms and near antonyms, which I thought were also very interesting:

Indefensible, insupportable, unjustifiable, unsustainable, untenable, absurd, illogical, irrational, ridiculous, unsound, extreme, outrageous, unreasonable, groundless, objectionable, unacceptable, unfounded, inexplicable and unexplainable.

Need I say more?

Cat Gareth


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