Sustainability Sources: Conservation biologist points to simplicity

By Daniela Vidal

 Definitions can stir up emotions and sometimes conflict. “Sustainability” doesn’t lack for either. This is the sixth in a series of looks at how Ticos define sustainability and what it means to them.

SANTA ROSA, Costa Rica — The life’s work of Daniel H. Janzen, 73, stretches for kilometers. Area de Conservación Guancaste, the outcome of a restoration effort begun in 1986, has changed the landscape of Costa Rica.

“Sustainability has been labeled into something fashionable; it’s placed on things that aren’t even sustainable, looking to use the positive vibes [from the word].  It’s very simple — take care of the principal, use the interest. Leave [nature] in place and make use of production without trashing it. A goat farmer in Africa in the year minus 6,000 understood that perfectly well.”

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