Sustainable evolution/Indicators

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The aim of this page is to discuss the idea of indicators of sustainable evolution and to design such indicators.

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Global Indicator of Sustainable Evolution (GISE)


The aim of this global sustainability indicator is to indicate how we are doing in terms of evolutionary potential of life on Earth.


As a sustainability indicator this would need to be combination of:

  • genetic potential - biodiversity indicators (perhaps rates of biodiversity loss/gain)
  • rates of habitat loss/gain (rehabilitation of ecosystems is typically problematic)
  • predicted climate change.


  • For now we are excluding the possibility of artificial evolution in favour of the natural process which has served life well for millions of years.


Potentialy relevant concepts:

  • Minimum viable populations
  • Local sustainability - minimising the need to draw on resources elsewhere
  • Genetic diversity ...

Questions and Answers

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  • What could this look like?

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