Maxed Out 

Sustainability in the eye of the beholder

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We’ll have to wait and see what the very surprised heli-bike entrepreneurs come back with before we know how this drama unfolds but two things are already known. Council is prepared to “react” to proposals with one eye seriously on their principles of sustainability. And we’re still waiting for council to shape Whistler’s own actions with as fine an eye.

Some day, assuming mankind makes it through this confluence of forces conspiring against evolution to a more enlightened lifeform, our distant heirs are going to look back on this time and wonder what kind of pitiful, delusional creatures we were. Consider: We use drinking-quality water to flush our toilets. We build our houses as though the sun were just an annoying source of illumination. We burn finite hydrocarbons for ambience. We try to heat the entire outdoors so we can (a) convince people we’re open for business and not make them expend the energy to actually open a door to walk into our shops, and (b) enjoy a cold beer on a cold patio in a cold climate in the middle of winter. We drive a 490 horsepower Porsche Cayenne to take two people and two pairs of skis up the road, arriving only minutes earlier than the two people in the Prius behind but with an inflated sense of self-worth if not actual penis size.

How much longer are we going to wait to find the fortitude to put an end to some (any) of this madness? At least in our sustainable little corner of the world?

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