In my world, there is a conflict when defining Sustainment; and it comes from the BOOTS one wears.
My introduction to Sustainment was as an Army Intern in Force Management, Structure, and Design. I helped design and document the Sustainment Brigade. Here Sustainment encompasses land rehabilitation, warfighter support, continuous operations, lethality, survivability, and specifically range sustainment.
My personal definition of Sustainment is shorter, but more encompassing: Sustainment is all of the necessary actions required to maintain viability into the future.
Listening to Chris Doran and watching the “Story of Stuff” has given me some questions to accompany my sustainment definition:
Q.1. Viability of what? Everyone has an idea of what needs sustaining but yet we each want tons of ‘stuff’; what do we give up so we can sustain our planet?
Q.2. What are the necessary actions?
After defining what needs maintaining, we then must determine the necessary actions to ensure that viability is maintained.
Q.3. How do we institute these actions? How do we ensure it is done, and done correctly? What Sustains you?
Q.4. Who needs to act? Everyone on the planet! This asks who do we educate? Alex Steffen states, 1/3rd of our planet population are kids; they are our future so we must focus on educationg them about the necessity of Stustainment
Q.5. Lastly, and unfortunately the most heavily weighted question of all, the question that can halt all progress, the driver behind Q. 1-4: Where will the money come from to fund all of this sustainment?
My greatest fear is that we are too late. Do we know enough to determine what must be done immediately to save Earth. What if we imbalance the life-chain irreparably through our ignorance?
What if the price is too high for John Q. Taxpayer?
Will our arguing and feuding over what needs to be done and how distract us from action; will the planet die?
I find lots of information on how I can reduce, reuse and recycle, but I am scared; will it ever be enough? Is my footprint too big? How scary is your footprint?
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