This video provides a basic definition of sustainability.You’ve probably heard the term “sustainability” in some context or another. It is likely that you’ve used some product or service that was labeled as sustainable, or perhaps you are aware of a campus or civic organization that focuses on sustainability. You may recognize that sustainability has to do with preserving or maintaining resources—we often associate sustainability with things like recycling, using renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, and preserving natural spaces like rainforests and coral reefs. However, unless you have an inherent interest in sustainability, you probably haven’t thought much about what the term actually means. Simply put, sustainability is the capacity to endure or continue. If a product or activity is sustainable, it can be reused, recycled, or repeated in some way because it has not exhausted all of the resources or energy required to create it. Sustainability can be broadly defined as the ability of something to maintain itself. Biological systems such as wetlands or forests are good examples of sustainability since they remain diverse and productive over long periods of time. Seen in this way, sustainability has to do with preserving resources and energy over the long term rather than exhausting them quickly to meet short-term needs or goals.The term sustainability first appeared in forestry studies in Germany in the 1800s, when forest overseers began to manage timber harvesting for continued use as a resource. In 1804, German forestry researcher Georg Hartig described sustainability as “utilizing forests to the greatest possible extent, but still in a way that future generations will have as much benefit as the living generation” (Schmutzenhofer 1992). While our current definitions are quite different and much expandedfrom Hartig’s, sustainability still accounts for the need to preserve natural spaces, to use resources wisely, and to maintain them in an equitable manner for all human beings, both now and in the future. Sustainability seeks new ways of addressing the relationship between societal growth and environmental degradation, which would allow human societies and economies to grow without destroying or overexploiting the environment or ecosystems in which those societies exist. The most widely quoted definition of sustainability comes from the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations in 1987, which defined sustainability as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”But sustainability is about more than just the economic benefits of recycling materials and resources.While the economic factors are important, sustainability also accounts for the social and environmental consequences of human activity. This concept is referred to as the “three pillars of sustainability,” which asserts that true sustainability depends upon three interlocking factors: environmental preservation, social equity, and economic viability. First, sustainable human activities must protect the earth’s environment. Second, people and communities must be treated fairly and equally—particularly in regard to eradicating global poverty and the environmental exploitation of poor countries and communities.And third, sustainability must be economically feasible—human development depends upon the long-term production, use, and management of resources as part of a global economy. Only when all three of these pillars are incorporated can an activity or enterprise be described as sustainable. Some describe this three-part model as: Planet, People and Profit.From pollution, to resource depletion, to loss of biodiversity, to climate change, a growing human footprint is evident. This is not sustainable. We need to act differently if the world and its human and non-human inhabitants are to thrive in the future. Sustainability is about how we can preserve the earth and ensure the continued survival and nourishment of future generations. You and everyone you know will be affected in some way by the choices our society makes in the future regarding the earth and its resources.In fact, your very life may well depend upon those choices. For more information about sustainability, see: video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Today... At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a brother or sister in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are CANCELIN' the BOHROK-ALYPSE!
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been a long road for Melinda Marcum and her young son, DeMichael.She started taking opioids in 2012 after her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. The pain pills progressed to heroin.Eventually, Melinda stopped, but then started again after the death of her daughter at the age of five.“It was like the worse it had ever been, I didn’t realize I was pregnant until March, so from December until March I was using.”Melinda eventually went into detox, where she was given buprenorphine, an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction.In June, homeless, she showed up at First Step Home in Cincinnati, a residential treatment center where women live with their children as they recover from substance abuse.“Reality hits, and you know that you’ve…you are the reason that’s happening.”The opioid epidemic doesn’t just touch adults. DeMichael was born in withdrawal and spent a month in newborn intensive care.His withdrawal symptoms were strong, and he eventually went home on a prescription, to ease the muscle tightness, jitteriness, and inability to be comforted.Today, DeMichael is a patient at the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, follow-up clinic at Cincinnati Children’s. “There’s that smile I’ve been waiting for.”Gail Hertenstein is DeMichael’s nurse practitioner at the clinic. “Melinda keeps all of her appointments, we keep close tabs on him and he is meeting all of his developmental milestones, he’s doing great, he’s doing great.”The NAS clinic provides developmental screening, occupational and physical therapy, and education about nutrition and feeding.As the babies become toddlers, they are evaluated for language and communication, behavioral issues and overall development.“The long-term implications for opiate exposure is still unknown …this clinic to my knowledge is one of the few nationwide that we have””Everybody was talking about the heroine epidemic but everybody is talking about the addicts, talking about the overdoses, and where were the children left in all of this.If we don’t address the children, then this is just going to go on.”Unfortunately, business is booming.In 2016, about 4 percent of babies were exposed to opioids in utero, when a baby needs treatment for withdrawal, the average length of stay in newborn intensive care is 16-18 days, and nationally the average cost is $66,000.“Parental addiction is a very disruptive situation and the child should not have to suffer because of that.”Each year, as many as 12,000 babies in the United States are born with Fetal Alcohol syndrome, and the results are devastating. Whether the same will be true for those babies born with NAS is something the clinic will be studying. In the meantime, the clinic is doing its best to get families help as early as possible care.“Today is the third, I had my son on the third, I got clean on the third, I am eight months clean today.It works, it really does work and it’s such a better way of living.”
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.Check out more TED Talks: TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: TED on Facebook: to our channel:
This video supplements content in the text, Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia, Second Edition, by David Shubert and John Leyba. About the Book:Nurse anesthesia students will welcome the second edition of this text designed for the combined course in chemistry and physics that is required for this program. It is written in a clear, conversational style to counteract the trepidation that often accompanies the study of chemistry and physics, and includes only those core scientific concepts that relate to clinical anesthesia application. Numerous illustrations demonstrate how the scientific concepts relate directly to their clinical application in anesthesia, and plentiful case studies exemplify and reinforce basic concepts. Review question at the end of each chapter facilitate self-assessment. For more information, visit