Oh my goodness, I just came across an article on Tree Hugger about resilience and I love it. It is just what I was trying to discuss with my mother (in a round-about type of way) this morning.
Basically the article states that the environment is "up shit creek" and there is little we can do to change this path. However, if we build a future that is resilient, there might be hope for the survival of the human species.
My favourite quote from the article, although a little twisted, is "Environmentalism hasn't failed. It just didn't win yet. But blaming environmentalists for not turning things around is a little like bashing the foster parent for not eradicating child abuse".
The article is fabulous. Have a look at this resilience article by Sami Grover at http://www.treehugger.com/culture/save-us-ourselves-resilience-key-making-sustainability-mainstream.html.
I think 'resilience' is going to be the new buzz word and hopefully will be adopted into the mainstream as 'sustainability' has over the last decade.