Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets. But with so much labeled as sustainable, the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?

In Worldwatch Institute’s newest project, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. Within this website, you’ll find State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, which explores these questions in depth in over 30 articles. As well, you’ll find additional essays, videos, presentation materials, news updates, and additional translations of the report.


Could this be a way to survive if sustainability is no longer possible? (Cartoon by Leo Murray)