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Green Diva Meg

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas media brand; the producer and host of the popular 50 Shades of Green Divas podcast, GD Spirit Pub podcast, GDp among other shows; and founded GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). Green Diva Meg is well-known as a green living expert, media personality and podcast producer.
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  2. Lois (reply)

    July 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I really like your definition of sustainability. Before reading this I defined it as using only what I need without harming the planet by taking more than it can give.

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  7. Larry Cox (reply)

    September 18, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    When I asked my search engine, “how do you define sustainable?” this 2013 post came out on top.
    With only an average of one comment per year since this post was written, my sense is that either most people don’t care what it means or assume the meaning is obvious.
    Whether it is obvious or not, it is worth discussing and worth considering and re-considering.
    I started running into this concept about ten years ago. At that time what it seemed to be communicating was that certain systems – human systems in particular – were not expected to last very long, while others were expected to last longer. The word or concept should refer to a quality of any living system which measures how long you would expect it to last. “Natural” living systems have apparently lasted for thousands of years. While humanity has also lasted that long, it has been noted that civilizations have come and gone, normally never lasting in a good and prosperous state for more than a few hundred years. If you want a civilization or a culture to last for quite a long time in a good, not poor, condition, then you have to design it for that. And the West has repeatedly failed to do this, the current situation being only the latest and perhaps most extreme example in a long parade of examples of cultures rising and then falling apart.
    The human spirit lasts in some form – be it in a good or poor condition – basically forever. So most of us are referring to the current game we are playing here on Earth. It doesn’t seem sustainable. We are using up resources that have limits to their supplies, and we are polluting our environment on top of that. So many of us are very justifiably asking, “what’s up with this?” It seems that Mankind, if he can be generalized that much, is a bit suicidal. If we want a sustainable Earth, we’re going to have to deal with that problem.

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