Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sustainability and Practicality

In order to make something that is Sustainable, it has to be Practical. That may seem self-evident, but there are many 'sustainable' options proposed that aren't practical (particularly if you try to put them into practice without many other pieces in place) and therefore are not really sustainable. Likewise, many things that people claim are more 'practical' aren't sustainable, and therefore in the long term they aren't practical. To create a world that works for everyone, we need to build things that are both practical and sustainable, since sustainability and practicality support each other.

Idealism is wonderful, creativity is important, but we always need to remember practicality and sustainability in what we do, since we are building for the long term.


Quote of the day: "...it makes no sense to be concerned about sustainability unless the aim is to try to actually achieve it. Sustainability should always be approached with a sense of immediacy and practicality even if the task to achieve the sustainability of something that is valued is enormous." - Philip Sutton
Word (or phrase) of the day: Redundancy
Hero(es) of the day: La Onf

2 comments:

Sustainability Advocate said...

Does it have to be practical? Or pragmatic? The problem with definitions such as this is that they are relative, so something practical to one person is not to another. Either way, I agree with what you are saying.

MoonRaven said...

Thanks for your comment.

I agree that one person's view of practical is different from another person's, but if the majority of people don't regard something as practical, it probably won't be done--and my argument is that things that are 'sustainable' aren't really sustainable if they aren't done.

Of course, one way of changing this is to convince people that something really is practical. This then becomes a matter of education.

(I'm still mulling over the differences between practical and pragmatic. According to the dictionaries there isn't difference, but I think of 'pragmatic' as implying expediency--not what I'm trying to say at all.)