Dimensions of Sustainability: Geographical, Temporal, Institutional, and Psychological
Well-being depends on produced goods, natural amenities, and preferences. Each can be influenced through policies and education. Production of goods exhibits a hierarchical structure similar to ecosystems: subsystems adapt while sustaining system productivity, that is, higher levels have greater resilience. In agriculture, the farm has little adaptability, the region can shift production among locations, and a nation can shift among regions. Forests exhibit an intertemporal-geographical hierarchy in which harvests are replaced by growth elsewhere and later regrowth. This structure is useful in responding to change and uncertainty. Preferences, too, can and must be informed through education.
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