The sustainability concept of Hans Carl Carlowitz (1645-1714)

In the last years you might have heard more often of the term ‘sustainability’ or politics asked for ‘sustainable development’ in the world. The ‘inventor’ of the sustainability term for forestry was Hans Carl von Carlowitz and it was extended for more natural resources in the 19th century.
The three important pillars of sustainability are the planet, the people and prosperity, also: environmental, social and economic issues. The word’s definition has its origin from Carlowitz’s book from 1713, ‘Sylvicultura oeconomica, or haußwirthliche Nachricht und Naturmäßige Anweisung zur wilden Baum-Zucht’. The last half of the title can be loosely translated as ‘or the economic news and instructions for the natural growing of wild trees’. A wider definition can be found inside the book:
‘Therefore it will be the greatest art/science/diligence and establishment on this land / to achieve such a conservation and cultivation of wood / that there will be a continuously resistant and sustainable use of it / because it is an indispensable thing / without which the country does not want to stay in its existence.’
The term and book were born in a time of crisis because wood wasn’t used with thinking about future generations or even upcoming years. The extensions and our current definition of the term ‘sustainability’ are also a result of times of stress – scientists and other people realize that we can’t keep up with our current use of resources if we want to pass our environment on to future generations.