Sustainability and Sustainable Development


If you look at a map of the national and

provincial parks of Canada,

you will see a pattern of tiny islands

of green against a vast expanse of grey.

If we are to get to a sustainable way of life,

we need to invert the diagram.

-Bruce Mau (p. 111)

I have heard it said

that we treat our natural world

– our lands and our rivers, lakes, and oceans

– as both a pantry and a toilet.

We rely on them for our sustenance,

and we use them as our garbage dump.

That way of living, that stupidity,

has to become a relic of ignorance.

-Bruce Mau (p. 113)

From Awakening/Eveil, published by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 2018.