Title

Overcoming sustainability displacement: the challenge of making sustainability accessible in the here and now

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

Cham

RAS ID

26181

Comments

Originally published as: Saunders A.M., Hughes M. (2018) Overcoming Sustainability Displacement: The Challenge of Making Sustainability Accessible in the Here and Now. In: Brueckner M., Spencer R., Paull M. (eds) Disciplining the Undisciplined?. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Springer, Cham. Original article available here

Abstract

Sustainability displacement is the idea that the achievement of sustainability is shifted to some other place and future time rather than being delivered in the here and now. The growing use of environmental offsets is a key example of this phenomenon that is explored in this chapter. Sustainability displacement through use of environmental offsets is problematic because limitations, unknowns and complications mean there is no guarantee of achieving the desired goal. Based on a literature review and illustrative case studies, we present both theoretical and practical examples highlighting the problems with operationalizing sustainability in the context of individual development activities. We introduce a sustainability framework that includes the dimensions of ‘here and now’ and ‘there and then’ to make explicit the trade-offs in time and space. We conclude with reflections on the issues with sustainability displacement and the advantage of conceptualising sustainability in a simple but integrated and holistic fashion that provides a useful foundation for university teaching and research in sustainability.

DOI

10.1007/978-3-319-71449-3_3

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