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What do you mean when you define sustainable. Sustainable in its pure form to me means one can carry on doing it forever without any external input. Well, clearly a yacht sailing around the world does not fit that definition because God knows, I pour vast resources into my boat just to keep it functional and I'm no different to most.
If sustainable means that you start off by pouring a mountain of money into a boat and hope that it lasts until you die and don't have to replace anything, then I don't buy the theory. That's like everyone starting life as a billionaire and dying with nothing. Everbody knows that is anti-reality.
OK so realistic sustainability means that we have to continually put some resource into the game but we're going to strive to do that as little as possible and be as green as possible. Well, no secret there - yachtsmen the world over have been doing that for centuries. Some just do it better than others but we all strive for that goal.
But is there a thesis in there somewhere? I think the OP's challenge is going to be making it sound complicated enough - which it isn't.
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