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This presentation sets out the very basics of ‘sustainability’, although a definition of sustainability is not attempted. Some of the very basics are the context in which the Earth and humankind exist in space and time, the Earth’s climate, the Earth’s population and humankind’s options and choices. The author advocates keeping an open mind on all available options, including the use of oil, gas, coal, tar sands, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power etc., as well as the technologies that are more widely considered ‘green’. The author also argues that, in addressing the challenges that humankind faces, globally concerted effort is required.
McGovern, Jim, 'The Very Basics of Sustainability - an Alternative Viewpoint' (slides with audio), based on keynote address presented at SEEP 2009, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, 14th August, 2009.
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