There's a lot of talk about sustainability but until we understand that the future of security is in land and water, there's no chance.

This article titled “Sustainability will remain a pipe dream until leaders understand ‘security'” was written by Jonathon Porritt for Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 25th August 2011 11.50 UTC

Let’s go back to basics – historically and conceptually. The cornerstone of security for all civilisations before the Industrial Age was land and water: without secure tenure of the land underpinning the lives of one’s citizens, any ruler’s tenure was short-lived. Without water, farming and productive enterprise was impossible. Armies were conscripted either to protect one’s own land and water, or to take possession of somebody else’s.

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