Mission

We Make HASTE’s mission is to make people aware of their impacts on the environment and to encourage constructive discussions about how to reduce these impacts quickly enough to achieve sustainability.

More about HASTE

Our objective is to promote sustainability. Sustainability involves meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Understanding sustainability involves considering the complex interconnections between social, economic and environmental implications of our actions. Therefore, study, research and discourse are necessary to develop this understanding and determine how to best achieve our objective.

We Make HASTE is interested in studying sustainability on many scales.  Individual sustainability considers impacts of our daily activities on a personal or family level.  Communities, businesses and other organizations look at sustainability on a larger scale.  Ultimately, sustainability must be studied on global scale.  All of the elements at all scales are interconnected.  Billions of individual actions added together would be at a global scale.

Social, economic and environmental considerations that are weighed in the evaluation of an actions’ sustainability are commonly referred to as the “triple bottom line.” But, these measurements can also be considered to be dimensions as we study the scale of implications.  As with spatial dimensions, the fourth dimension of time must also be established to understand sustainability.

Current human activities threaten the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Release of long sequestered carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a result of burning coal, oil and natural gas is causing global temperatures to rise and oceans to be more acidic.  Warmer water and melting glaciers are causing sea levels to rise.  Rising sea levels threaten to displace coastal populations and contaminate freshwater supplies.  Food supplies are threatened by increased risk of drought due to climate change and by increased risk of collapse of commercial fisheries due to climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing.  Changes to human activities are, therefore, necessary to achieve sustainability.

Humankind’s window of opportunity to achieve sustainability is limited due to factors that are tending to make it harder to reach a sustainable condition.  For example, reduced polar ice cover reduces the amount of sunlight reflected out to space, thereby further increasing global warming.  Also, as permafrost thaws, methane gas, which is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, will be released, further exasperating global warming.  Furthermore, food shortages and displaced populations can lead to political instability which could hamper efforts to achieve sustainability.

We Make HASTE will:

  • Encourage people to think about human impacts on the environment and what can be done to achieve sustainability;
  • Facilitate access to information about environmental issues and sustainability for people to explore; and
  • Inspire people to act in ways that consider the condition of the planet that we are leaving for future generations.

 

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