|It's just not sustainable, Pinon Canyon Expansion, A sustainability failure... |
The annual Fort Carson Sustainability Conference (Fall of each year for the past 4 years, in Colorado Springs) has been promoted as a "forum to provide updates on the installation's progress toward sustainability to all stakeholders ... along the Front Range."
Its stated intention is to, solicit continued community involvement with Fort Carson and the regional sustainablity and strategic plans." But one community, one major group of stakeholders has been excluded from Fort Carson's sustainability planning; the people living within the planned Pinon Canyon expansion.
The Pinon Canyon expansion has been going through the planning process for the last eight years, but people living in Southeastern Colorado didn't have a clue that the Army was planning to "sustain" Fort Carson by seizing their land and forcing them from their homes.
The Fort Carson Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS) Web site defines sustainability as "acting today to meet the needs of the present in a manner that allows future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability considers not only the environmental aspects and impacts of operations and decisions, but it also considers the social factors associated with an organizations actions. Operating in a sustainable fashion goes beyond compliance, saves money and considers the well-being of everyone on the post and in the community, now and in the future."
This definition of sustainability is being contradicted by the proposed expansion. Planning has happened without any involvement by the stakeholders who would be most affected. The expansion would destroy all possibility for "future generations" of ranchers and those whose economy would be affected by expansion to "meet their needs." Lip service is given to, "social factors associated with an organizations actions." But the social reality of the devastating impact that the plan would have on ranching communities and nearby cities and towns has been ignored.
It would seem that when Fort Carson developed their plan, the only definition of "the community" was the Colorado Springs community.
Exploitation is not Sustainable Developement
True sustainability is never achieved through the exploitation of poorer or politically less powerful people in other communities, whether they are people in third-world countries, or poorer counties in the state.
Expansion itself is not sustainable
|Natural Capitalism recognizes that no human system that systematically degrades either natural or social capital can long endure. |