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Thinking “Resilience”

William Rees

March 21, 2011

The bottom line for sustainability is that any proposal for sustainable development that does not explicitly acknowledge a system’s resilience is simply not going to keep delivering the goods (or services). Resilience science is based on the simple premise that change is inevitable and that attempts to resist change or control it in any strict sense are doomed to failure. Resilience science is also systems science.

This is a chapter from The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (2010).