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We do not know. This question has neither been asked nor answered adequately. The answer would depend on how we define what we consider disturbance to nature. A wider discussion of this question will contribute significantly to our understanding of sustainability. For such a discussion to take off, an attempt is made below to define two sustainability indices. How much should HANPP be, for human society as a whole, and for specific communities in different environments? One clue to finding an answer is by determining the band of redundancy that nature creates for various life forms.

Ecology is a powerful concept as it creates a foundation for an integrated approach to environmental problems. Advocates champion eco-literacy as a new educational paradigm emerging around the poles of holism, systems thinking, sustainability, and complexity. Eco literacy concerns understanding the principles of organization of ecosystems and their potential application to understanding how to build sustainable human society. It combines the sciences of systems and ecology in drawing together elements required to foster learning processes toward a deep appreciation of nature and our role in it.

Transport energy reduction plan: Transport and residential areas are two major energy consuming sectors (Table 4). Transport consumes a higher per cent of commercial energy consumed in the developed world in comparison to India and China. km). km done in India in 2012 was just 8%, but consumed 40% of energy spent in transporting people by fossil fuelled prime movers. km and 28% of energy consumed. km travelled and moving away from private to public transport.  Neighbourhood schools, coaching classes: In the field of education, energy reduction can be done by having neighbourhood schools (which is already in vogue in countries like USA), and getting rid of entrance exams for higher education courses and abolishing coaching classes.

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