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Sustaining Cities: Environment, Economic Development, and Empowerment

Sustaining Cities: Environment, Economic Development, and Empowerment

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Changing Cities: Celebrating 75 Years of Planning Better Futures at MIT. These five speakers grapple with shifting notions of sustainability. Judith Layzer advocates "strong sustainability" in lieu of the conventional approach, which imagines human-made capital and technology can always substitute for the wealth of resources drawn from the natural world. Development and affluence have instead degraded ecosystems. Strong sustainability "entails living within the productive capacity of nature…meeting the needs of the current generation as opposed to their demands." Wealthy societies must adopt laws to contain population growth and curb consumption, and develop regional cooperation and fair trade policies. Jason Corburn describes an environmental... Show More
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