Michael Thompson has just published a Comment (access the article by clicking here) on my recently published Sustainability Concepts Paper. He suggests I am challenging the charter of august professional engineering institutions. How have they defined what they do as a “benefit to mankind”? He is, I venture to suggest, “poking something of a stick into the lion’s cage”.
It is the purpose of Comments in this journal (SAPIENS, of the Institut Veolia Environnement) to be provocative, especially about articles and books that might otherwise not be widely publicized or readily accessed. Naturally I welcome this. But, as I wrote the Concepts Paper, I had not seen myself as crafting and issuing such a challenge to Engineering. Moreover, as the years pass by, the more proud I become of my having been trained as an Engineer.
What do you think?
Contributed by M. B. Beck