Sustainability in the 21st Century
Environmental Science for Students provides a fascinating look at some of the most important environmental issues of our time. Sustainability referers to the capacity to provide for the needs of the world's current population without harming the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. Explore some of the challenges and successes of sustainability starting in one of the world's most diverse habitats - the rainforest. Consider some factors that can affect sustainability: carrying ca[acity, population density, and ecological footprint.Observe sustainability in action at a school that has employed green building practices and in Portland, Oregon, where a community has used smart-grown policies to combat suburban sprawl. By understanding and practicing the ideas of sustainability, we can begin working toward building a responsible and sustainable future.