Convenience or Sustainability?

Affluent countries like the USA often use extra energy (usually in form of fossil fuel) to create convenience.   We run errands in our cars rather than walking, we travel long distances by airplane or car rather than avoiding long trips or using bicycles, etc.    What surprises me however is how often people think that they are creating sustainable lifestyles simply by purchasing hybrid vehicles or recycling or making other fairly trivial changes to the excessive consumption of an American lifestyle.   They are not.

Sustainability is a necessary condition for the long term preservation of a system, but it comes at a cost..

to be continued…sustainably….well…..maybe not…