The title derives from sustainability as defined in the 1987 U.N. Bruntland Report: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Human behaviour raises questions about such sustainability.
This exhibition took place in conjunction with the 2nd annual CCSU Global Sustainability & Climate Change Symposium to held April 16, 2009 and will reinforce the April 2009 UMC (University, Museum, Community New Britain Collaborative) theme “Eco Evolution! Changing Landscapes, Changing Environments.”
The largest contextual theme of SUSTAINABLE? was that of a global ecology. Within this the exhibition pointed to a tension between the natural sublime and a toxic man-made sublime. An historical dimension was provided by the suggestion of 19th century industrialization, current climate change, and growing alarm. Some of the larger issues of sustainability on which the exhibition focused was stewardship of watershed, the tension between fast and slow food, solar energy and sustainable building practice, urban forestry and open space. These issues I wish to address at the local and regional level.
Elizabeth Langhorn Ph.D - Curator