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Denitions of Carbon Footprint Analysis and Related Concepts

According to the world-recognized business and environmental author Paul Hawken, “Sustainability is about stabilizing the currently disruptive relationship between Earth’s two most complex systems-human culture and the living world” (Hawken 2008). Sustainability strives to align human progress and the Earth’s ecological system so that both are operating in harmony and in a synergistic manner that does not deteriorate or destroy the other. Perhaps today’s largest and most dramatic misalignment between human progress and the Earth’s ecological system is the humans’ impact on the climate. While many other environmental problems exist, climate change and its associated implications on Earth rise in temperature is one of the most pressing sustainability issues of our generation.