Why is Sustainability Important?
A wide range of studies clearly demonstrates that humans are having an increasingly large impact on the health of the planet. From pollution to resource depletion to loss of biodiversity to climate change, a growing human footprint is evident. This is not sustainable. We need to act differently if the world and its myriad human and non-human inhabitants are to thrive well into the future.
We should act in ways that promote a sustainable future. The earth is not growing. Against this reality, the human population is growing and so are the legitimate aspirations for a better life among the worlds' billions in poverty. How can we accommodate the projected 2.5 billion more humans by 2050 and also generate a raised living standard for the poor without further stressing the planet? This is a major question for our time.
At Wright State, we strive to educate ourselves: students, faculty, staff, visitors and the larger Dayton area, about the critical issues we all face. We also need to share with others what we are doing on our campuses to promote a better future.