What does “extending habitability” mean? It explains “sustainability”. I prefer to sometimes call it “survivability”, because without the delicate balance our ecosystem and societies are teetering on, there’s no possible way seven billion people will survive even a short term major disruption.
Our environment has one shot to work in letting billions of humans develop into whatever civilization we can be, speaking in a geological timeframe. For most of human history, we’ve adapted to changes in climate and locality, because there’s always been another continent to move to, better technology invented, or a few thousand to a few million people die off. I’d rather that last option not happen again, which is why I’m an environmentalist.
Anti-environmentalists (distinctive from non-environmentalists who could be neutral/apathetic) think the only threat to human civilization is when they run out of money (or murderous political ideologies like Nazism or Stalin-ism). They are actively hostile to the very clear idea that human (and most life) on the planet is governed at a base level by uninterrupted food, clean water & air supply. They’ve come to be indoctrinated by the idea that a job, for which they are paid money, is the only/best way for these needs to be met. It’s a fact that many jobs in use now presently rely on the degradation of natural systems that are critical to delivering uninterrupted food, water and air. If we’re to extend the habitability of Earth, we have to find a way to ensure our jobs don’t put an end to the systems our money is intended to buy for us.
It’s like taking money to live in a house with daily food provided, on the condition that the neighbourhood will be lit on fire randomly, food imports may stop for a week without notice, and one day your house will burn. So I don’t buy the BS that environmentalists want an end to “jobs”, and “economic prosperity”. Yet the Minister of Threatening Canadians, Joe Oliver, would have you believe that environmentalists are “radical” for wanting to moderate a system where you’ve presently agreed your economic system, your figurative house, will burn.
Who is really against economic prosperity for all Canadians? It’s not environmentalists who are set out to end prosperity – we’re out to redefine it. Prosperity comes when we (and our descendents) can succeed and be happy in perpetuity, not only today.
Hat tip to Scott