“Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.” - Professor Maurice King
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists “sustain” as “to give support or relief to, to nourish, to keep up, prolong. The Barnhart Etymological Dictionary (p. 1098) gives its Latin root of “sustinere” as “to hold up, keep up, support, endure,” as a variant to hold.
Wikipedia is even bolder and more complex in their definition of sustainability—they are shamelessly preaching U.N. Agenda 21 goals. “Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life.” I am not sure how the earth supported human life for eons, it must have been sheer luck, we cannot leave it to chance, and it must be controlled by the environmental non-government powers with plenty of government funding and regulations. Today we are doomed to fail miserably without sustainability.The word “sustainability” is another matter. It seems that environmentalists with a certain agenda have written the definition in Webster’s. Sustainable, besides “capable of being sustained,” is also a “method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged, sustainable techniques, sustainable agriculture, and a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.”