As serious scientists, restoration ecologists can gain from having the strength and the courage to question the theoretical robustness and practical feasibility of the demands of politicians drunk on the heady rhetoric of sustainability.
—Michael J. Clark, “Ecological Restoration—The Magnitude of the Challenge:
An Outsider’s View,” Restoration Ecology and Sustainable Development,
K. M. Urbanska, Nigel R. Webb, and Peter J. Edwards, eds., 1998
Sustainable development is very different from conservation. One of those differences is the “nailing jello to the wall” nature of its definition. At “green” conferences over the years, I’ve heard many definitions of sustainable development, ...