The statues were used as a nonviolent rivalry between tribes. At one time a symbol of prosperity and community. Once the europeans arrived, many of these statues were destroyed: key facts. Polynesians originally settled the island in the first centuries ad. Maoi = rock statues: sustainability= the polynesians were responsible for bringing the rat fractions eventual demise. Conclusion: sustainability is not an individual effort. It is one that a whole community must commit to! Principles of sustainability: a sustainable society does not use natural resources or produce wastes faster than they are regenerated or assimilated by the environment. Application for natural resources (oil, solar, wind, mining, etc) The decisions we make to benefit humans should also benefit the environment. Connections may amplify or dampen the effects of human actions on the environment. Gender equality, nationalism (how does what we do in the us impact other countries.