Best-selling author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on
global warming, will be the featured speaker at a roundtable discussion
on sustainability Tuesday afternoon at the Burton Barr Central Library...
In his latest book, McKibben argues that accelerated cycles of economic
expansion have brought the world to the brink of environmental
Instead, he suggests that we should be creating smaller, more sustainable local economies.
I have never fully understood the word "sustainability," but in this context, doesn't it mean "poorer"? It strikes me that McKibben is trying to sell poverty, or at least advocating that everyone voluntarily become poorer. He is successful with middle-class soccer moms at the library only to the extent that he hides this fact and calls poverty something else -- in this case "smaller, more sustainable local economies."
By the way, does jetting from city to city across the country to sell his book make him a sustainability expert? If he believes what he says, why doesn't he just sell his book within a 50-mile radius of his home?
Sustainability is always for thee and not for me.