My supervisor had asked me the other day what I thought sustainability was. She had had a conversation with Dr. Luis Fernandez, Director of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities program at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Fernandez has a PhD in Social Justice and his interests include protest policing, social movements, globalization, and issues in the social control of the late modernity. They were discussing the precarious situation in Anaheim, CA over the police shooting of an unarmed man there, and how Anaheim is on the verge of a riot.
She asked me how I thought sustainability fits in during a situation like that. I started out by saying that when I was in the Sustainability program, every time our core class met, we asked the question, “What does sustainability really mean? How can we use the word without it being co-opted and used for so much ‘greenwashing’?”
This is what I shared with her . . .
We [my class] determined that sustainability reached beyond the environmental “green” movement – though that did remain a big part of it.
What are your feelings about sustainability? I would love to hear from you!