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dc.contributor.authorGleeson, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorLow, Nicholas
dc.contributor.editorTroy, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:26:27Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:26:27Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.date.modified2009-11-11T05:25:24Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/13336
dc.description.abstractCities are today at the root of our ecological crisis because cities are where humans consume the environment. With global networks channelling resources, cities today consume the environment with staggering efficiency. As a result the climate is being destabilized, with possibly catastrophic long term effects. In this paper we argue that 'sustainability' has been stripped of meaning by overuse and misuse in the interests of sustaining nothing but the status quo. We explore a rationale for limiting the term 'sustainability' to the project of sustaining the planetary ecology. It must be recognised that, whilst the market and democratic politics can, if properly adjusted by planning, deliver some approximation of efficient allocation and social justice, there is no such institution that can limit the scale of the economy. Thinking out such an institution and bringing it into being is perhaps the single greatest political challenge of the twenty first century. For the rest, almost all our human institutions need to be transformed if ecological sustainability is to be assured.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.format.extent74634 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherThe Urban Reserch Program, Griffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.publisher.urihttps://www.griffith.edu.au/
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofconferencename2nd Bi-Annual National Conference on the State of Australian Cities (SOAC 2005)
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleRefereed Proceedings of the 2nd Bi-Annual National Conference on The State of Australian Cities
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2005-11-30
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2005-12-02
dc.relation.ispartoflocationBrisbane
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode310103
dc.titleIf Sustainability is Everything, Maybe it’s Nothing?
dc.typeConference output
dc.type.descriptionE1 - Conferences
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publications
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.rights.copyright© 2006 jointly held by SOAC and the authors. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorGleeson, Brendan J.


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