Individual Oral Presentation  Christa Ford PST zone, Canada
Outline <ul><li>The Sustainability Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Principles  </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of B...
The Sustainability Challenge <ul><li>Problems we face are more complex – global vs. local, single sources vs many sources ...
The Sustainability Challenge <ul><li>Need knowledge held within specialized fields for understanding details but need an o...
Sustainability Principles <ul><li>In a sustainable society the ecosphere is not subject to systematically increasing </li>...
Sustainability Principles <ul><li>General enough to apply anywhere and to any activity and any society </li></ul><ul><li>N...
Relevance of Basic Science <ul><li>Basic scientific laws govern the world </li></ul><ul><li>Need to understand how the wor...
Concept of Backcasting <ul><li>A goal oriented method of thinking – where do I want to be? How can I get there?  </li></ul...
ABCD Process <ul><li>A systematic, 4 step way to approach a problem based on the Sustainability Principles </li></ul><ul><...
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C Ford Individual Oral Presentation

  1. 1. Individual Oral Presentation Christa Ford PST zone, Canada
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>The Sustainability Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of Basic Science </li></ul><ul><li>Concept of Backcasting </li></ul><ul><li>ABCD Process </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Sustainability Challenge <ul><li>Problems we face are more complex – global vs. local, single sources vs many sources </li></ul><ul><li>Often a delay between action and reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing trends of systematic increase in many things (weather, pollution etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Global resource potential is decreasing, can think of this as moving deeper into a funnel </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Sustainability Challenge <ul><li>Need knowledge held within specialized fields for understanding details but need an overall framework that can link all this information together meaningfully </li></ul><ul><li>Need holistic decision making that looks to root causes rather than fixing effects </li></ul><ul><li>Need a framework to direct decision making, a sustainability compass </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sustainability Principles <ul><li>In a sustainable society the ecosphere is not subject to systematically increasing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrations of substances from the lithosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrations of substances from society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degradation by physical means </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People are not subject to conditions that undermine their capacity to meet their needs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sustainability Principles <ul><li>General enough to apply anywhere and to any activity and any society </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary & sufficient to achieve sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete enough to aid in decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Non overlapping to allow for clear comprehension of issues </li></ul><ul><li>These are constraint based principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning looks to remove barriers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for many possible solutions, routes to success </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Relevance of Basic Science <ul><li>Basic scientific laws govern the world </li></ul><ul><li>Need to understand how the world operates so we know the limits we must live within </li></ul><ul><li>Basic physics, chemistry, geology, biology and sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Consequence of an open vs. closed system? </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding thresholds, irreversible change, and feedback; positive (increasing), negative (opposing or balancing) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Concept of Backcasting <ul><li>A goal oriented method of thinking – where do I want to be? How can I get there? </li></ul><ul><li>Plan the possibilities on how to get to the goal – free of today’s constraints </li></ul><ul><li>More creative process than forecasting </li></ul><ul><li>Can backcast from scenarios (static image) or from principles (dynamic process) </li></ul>
  9. 9. ABCD Process <ul><li>A systematic, 4 step way to approach a problem based on the Sustainability Principles </li></ul><ul><li>A – awareness of the system, the framework you are within, </li></ul><ul><li>B – baseline measurement of where you stand today; flows, practices, assets </li></ul><ul><li>C – creative visioning of solutions for tomorrow, for ‘sustainable success’ </li></ul><ul><li>D – design of a game plan including setting priorities and timelines. Flexible stepping stone for future? Return on investment? </li></ul>

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