Sustainability is about everyone living well, as far into the future as possible. War is about the most brutish form of conflict resolution we know.
It’s not hard to see how these two things are at odds. War kills people, injures people, rips apart families, communities and whole societies. It destroys critical infrastructure and homes. It also damages land, causes pollution and wastes resources and insane sums of money. Basically, while sustainability aims for a shared, ecologically-feasible and lasting prosperity, war fucks everything up.
You can’t have a sustainable society that is at war. The two cancel each other out.
So, my question is, do we need to first achieve world peace before we can fully get down to sustainability? Continue reading