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TNS sustainability criteria

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While written to be clear scientifically, the four system conditions can be confusing to non-scientists. They can be reworded as basic sustainability principles that provide explicit guidance. In short, to become a sustainable society we must:

  • Eliminate our contribution to the progressive buildup of substances extracted from the Earth's crust
  • Eliminate our contribution to the progressive buildup of chemicals and compounds produced by society
  • Eliminate our contribution to the progressive physical degradation and destruction of nature and natural processes;
  • Eliminate our contribution to conditions that undermine people‚Äôs capacity to meet their basic human needs