News from the Natural World: Animals decide the human word 'sustainable' has absolutely no meaning anymore.
News from the Natural World: Animals decide the human word ‘sustainable’ has absolutely no meaning anymore. Words travel through the ages like ocean striding whales. Though their meanings shift and change as time passes they remain immortal as long as humans continue to whisper them. But, every once in a while a human word will lose its meaning and the animal kingdom will banish it. It will cease to exist and disappear into the ether. Often this is because human behaviour alters the word to such an extent that the words meaning simply won’t hold. Many times this has happened. In the 4th century and the advent of the first-ever self-portrait we lost the word ‘modesty’. In the 20th century, the word pacifist passed into insignificance. Sometimes a word will disappear multiple times, at the coming of Jesus and Mohammed the word “common-sense” lost all meaning. But these disappearances are rare occurrences, a once in a lifetime experience. However, the animal kingdom banned another word yesterday, they banned the human word ‘sustainable’. The human word ‘sustainable’ is meant to mean “meeting human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, humans also need social and economic resources. Sustainability is not just environmentalism.” This word has been at the heart of the conservation movement. At first, it was used to describe energy products, alternative food sources and natural materials. But in the last year, it has lost all meaning.