by Sally Eagle
Our planet’s resources are finite, yet all intricately intertwined to support the vast ecosystem of life on Earth. Over the millions of years of Earth’s existence, there has also been constant change and evolution.
Human beings have been part of this ecosystem for a relatively short time, and yet we have had an increasingly significant impact on the changes taking place since we arrived. While the planet will most likely either heal or adapt to whatever injuries or changes it sustains over time, humans and many other living species may not be able to withstand the environmental pressures we are currently forcing on the planet to meet our need for its resources. These changes threaten the concept of ‘life as we know it’. It gives us all pause to wonder either what we can do to slow down some of the perceived negative changes, or possibly redirect our efforts to sustain and maintain what we believe could be a healthy stewardship of our planet.
Sustainability is a concept that can be applied in many different contexts. By definition, to sustain is to nourish and support. Without adequate resources, anything that might have been sustainable at one time may no longer be possible, whether it be animal, plant or nonliving element.
RIght now is an important time on our planet to consider what is or is not sustainable, and whether it makes a difference to us as a species and/or the planet as a whole.
"Sustainable?" is an exhibit exploring some of the issues we should be considering as shareholders of the planet. As the absolute number of human beings continues to grow exponentially, and the demand for resources required to sustain those growing numbers also increases, we are becoming acutely aware of the price we may have to pay for that growth. This exhibit is not intended to pass judgement of the choices we will make, but it will, hopefully, encourage a dialogue about how we might best help ourselves while helping the Earth at the same time.
This exhibit has over 30 images of varying sizes (20”x30”, 12”x18”), and addresses issues of sustainability on many levels: environmental, cultural and pertaining to wildlife. This show can be curated according to the interests of the organizer.
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