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David Orr on Framing Sustainability: What Would Lincoln Say?

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While reading up on David Orr for my recent interview of him , I came across an interesting essay entitled "Framing Sustainability" that is suitable reading for Memorial Day, which began as a ritual of remembrance after the Civil War. Orr writes: We are now engaged in a worldwide conversation about the issues of human longevity on Earth, but no national leader has yet framed a satisfactory vision of sustainability. It is still commonly regarded as one of many issues on a long and growing list, not as the linchpin that connects all of the other issues. Relative to the large issues of sustainability, we are virtually everywhere roughly where the United States was, say, in the year 1850 on the matter of slavery.... What can be learned from how Lincoln cast the problem of slavery? ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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