True Sustainability

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True Sustainability
When it comes to sustainability, many people do not have a clear sense of what it is and why it is important. Sustainability is a very abstract and vague concept. Simply put, sustainability is the capacity to endure or continue; however, it can also be broadly defined as the ability of something to maintain itself. Sustainability has to do with preserving resources and energy over the long term rather than exhausting them quickly to meet short-term needs or goals(p.3). Seen in this way, “thinking like a mountain” do give the idea of preserving resources in long run. Killing wolves for the survival of deer seems is a very shortsighted behavior which is opposite from the idea of sustainability. Because a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in several years, a range pulled by too many deer may fail of replacement in as decade or even longer time. (Leopold 59)

Thinking like a hunter will encourage people to kill wolves to achieve hunters’ paradise which means achieve short but not recycle benefits. However, thinking like a mountain will listen objectively to the howl of a wolf. This kind of opinion manifests the meaning of every species in the Virtuous cycle in the whole Biosphere. Killing wolves will increase the quantity of deer; therefore, it is easier for hunters to get more deer. After a short term earning, the quality of deer will decrease rapidly due to the limited food resources that won’t be enough for all deer to survive. Moreover, without the threat from their natural enemy, deer are easier to get ill because of less exercise. It will take a long time for hunters to realize the negative impacts of shortsighted hunting. To solve the side effect may cause even more time, money and energy.

From the perspective of economic benefits of recycling, I do think this short phrase captures the essence of sustainability. Sustainability is…...

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