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449 Jeremy L. Caradonna: Sustainability

“Sustainability” provides a comprehensive exploration of the concept, challenges, and potential solutions for achieving long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability.



 In "Sustainability" by Jeremy L. Caradonna, readers are introduced to the complex and pressing issue of sustainability. The book delves into the history, philosophy, and practical aspects of sustainability, offering insights into the challenges facing our planet and proposing potential solutions. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Caradonna explores the intersections between the environment, society, and the economy, emphasizing the need for transformative change and collective action. By understanding the interdependencies between ecological health, social equity, and economic well-being, readers are encouraged to envision and work towards a sustainable future.


  1. Title: Sustainability 
  2. Author: Jeremy L. Caradonna 
  3. Publishing Year: 2017 
  4. Publisher: Oxford University Press Length: 
  5. Lenght: 8 hours and 45 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Understanding Sustainability: The book defines sustainability and examines its historical roots, guiding readers through different interpretations and approaches.
  2. Ecological Limits and Planetary Boundaries: Caradonna explores the environmental challenges we face, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion, and highlights the importance of staying within planetary boundaries.
  3. Social Justice and Equity: The book emphasizes the need for social equity, addressing issues of poverty, inequality, and environmental justice in the pursuit of sustainability.
  4. Economic Transformation: Caradonna examines the role of the economy in sustainability, discussing the need for transitioning to more sustainable and inclusive economic models.
  5. Solutions and Pathways: The author presents various strategies and case studies that showcase sustainable initiatives, technologies, policies, and community-driven actions, providing inspiration and guidance for individuals and organizations.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Sustainability is like a marathon; we need to pace ourselves and celebrate each step towards a greener finish line."
  2. "Imagine a world where recycling bins are as abundant as coffee shops - a sustainable paradise!"
  3. "Sustainable living: where reducing your carbon footprint is both trendy and environmentally responsible."
  4. "Saving the planet can be fun! Join the sustainability party and dance your way to a greener future."
  5. "Being sustainable is not just about hugging trees; it's about hugging trees and riding bicycles!"

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Sustainability is not a choice; it is an imperative for the survival and well-being of current and future generations."
  2. "To achieve sustainability, we must confront and transform the systems that perpetuate ecological degradation and social inequality."
  3. "The pursuit of economic growth at the expense of the environment and social well-being is a recipe for disaster, not progress."
  4. "Sustainability requires reimagining our relationship with nature, embracing the principles of stewardship and resilience."
  5. "We must shift from a culture of consumption and competition to one of collaboration and regeneration to secure a sustainable future."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing economic growth with environmental protection and social well-being.
  2. Addressing the trade-offs between short-term benefits and long-term sustainability.
  3. Navigating the tensions between the global North and South in the pursuit of sustainable development.
  4. Resolving conflicts between different stakeholder interests in sustainable decision-making processes.
  5. Choosing between technological innovation and lifestyle changes as pathways to sustainability.

5 examples

  1. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a set of 17 global goals for sustainable development agreed upon by UN member states.
  2. Greenpeace - an international environmental organization known for its activism and advocacy for environmental protection.
  3. Jane Goodall - a renowned primatologist and conservationist who has dedicated her life to studying and protecting chimpanzees and their habitats.
  4. Patagonia - an outdoor clothing and gear company recognized for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
  5. Transition Towns movement - a grassroots initiative that encourages communities to work together and transition towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Referenced books

  1. "Limits to Growth" by Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and Dennis L. Meadows
  2. "Natural Capitalism" by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
  3. "Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth
  4. "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson
  5. "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert

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"Sustainability is like a marathon; we need to pace ourselves and celebrate each step towards a greener finish line."

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