Conservation And Sustainability

What do the terms ‘Conservation’ and ‘Sustainability’ say about our attitudes to change? And can we apply them to the same sorts of things?
Can we conserve a building, area or whatever without making it sustainable? Does conservation always, or generally, have an impetus towards the status quo? And does sustainability generally suggest forward movement? Can we sustain without progressing? And, if so, is this conservation?
Is there some sort of inverse law which suggests that the rate of dis-integration (a sort-of ‘half-life’) of things we conserve is related to the strength of the bond we try to make with the status quo? Is the converse true of things we seek to sustain?
And, most importantly, how do we articulate (to ourselves and / or others) the inevitability of change when we use the word Conservation and the word Sustainability?

Posted on October 11, 2005, in Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered, The Journal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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