Proposal: Sustainable Living

Questions related to sustainability often have geography-specific answers. For example, consider the question, "how much water per person can be used sustainably?" (think in-home consumption, not system-wide use). The right answer should reflect one's surrounding natural environment (not to mention political, economic, and infrastructural conditions) - sustainable water consumption in arid regions is lower than in water-rich parts of the world. This kind of geographic boundary question is important in many dimensions of sustainability dialog. If a Sustainability SE is to be fruitful, it must grapple with geographic complexities.

Should the OP be obligated to specify the geographic target explicitly? In tags?

Should the geographic level (county, region, country, hemisphere, climate zone) also be tagged?

What if a question leads to an over generalized answer, when in fact a more detailed question should have been asked?

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Questions that are climate-specific should definitely be allowed. After all, climate varies widely, and it just makes sense.

The political climate is the OP's responsibility. If they think there might be a problem and want the answer to reflect that, they should include that in the question.

As far as economics, cheaper is generally better, but the question may need to specify that.

I'm not sure about infrastructure, hopefully someone else will give their two sense as well.

Climate could be a required tag, and like the English SE is always doing, we could ask them for the "context" (climate, region, etc) if they don't provide it.

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