May 16, 2012 against “sustainability” (sort of)
Well, I’m not necessarily against the idea it embodies- just the word “sustainability.” Literally (i.e. in normal, non-jargon English) “sustainable” means that it is capable of being sustained over time, whether it is good or bad.
But in environmentalist jargon, “sustainable” means “environmentally friendly” or “non-polluting.” It seems to me that this jargon creates a completely unnecessary barrier between professional environmentalist/planners and the rest of humanity.
If we want to say policy X is climate-friendly or otherwise reduces pollution, why not just say “X reduces pollution”?