MOVIES AND QUESTIONS: (for reflection and discussion)

  1. William McDonough 9:55. What does sustainability mean?

  2. Pachamama Alliance. Can people from different cultures work together?

  3. The Natural Step. Does business lose or win?

  4. On Thin Ice: Melting glaciers on NOW. How important is water?

  5. Protect the Oceans: Sylvia Earle - Time is running out.

  6. Renewable Energy: on NOW. Will the dream come to fruition

  7. Sustainable economy. What is “good” growth?

  8. Food & Community. How is the food you buy a vote for sustainability?

  9. Apollo Alliance - how does it help sustainable development?  and Labor?

  10. Role models giving hope One is Karl-Henrik Robert. Who else is a model?

  11. A 12 Step Program to Sustainability. What are they, and is more needed?

  12. 2100 Time Capsule. What future generations will hear us say now.

Sustainability or bust

We are already overshooting the planet’s carrying capacity. For humanity to survive and thrive it will have to live sustainably on this one and only planet we have - our home. William McDonough offers a “cradle to cradle” economic system design;Our goal is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world, with clean air, water, soil and power – economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed.” A shift with this intention is a sign of hope for a livable future.

Social scientist, Carl Anthony, says “21st century sustainability must include all three of these; the environment, the economy, and social equity.

And that requires a fundamental change in how we think about the institutional structures we have created that are out of touch with and obliterating the larger sustaining whole. They need to be redesigned with a higher purpose in mind. Laws and public policy must also change to reflect this change in thinking.

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Related Web Sites

  1. Apollo Alliance - Green jobs

  2. New Energy Resources

  3. Natural Step

  4. Population Media

  5. Population Connection

  6. Earth on Edge

  7. Affluenza

  8. What you can do now

  9. Green Living

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How Quickly Must We Move?

With population at 6.8 billion (soon 9 billion), the planet’s ability to support Life is increasingly jeopardized. Lester Brown says to effectively alter this course, sustainability will have to proceed with the speed, money and intensity of the WWII armament campaign.

We are already overshooting the planet’s carrying capacity. For humanity to survive and thrive it will have to live sustainably on this one and only planet we have - our home.

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ENVIRONMENT

O vision: an approach for stimulating eco-sustainable development

O examples of fossil-free electricity and transportation

O energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

O Voting with your dollars

O Find out your ecological footprint

  1. ENVIRONMENT

  2. O vision: an approach for stimulating eco-sustainable development

  3. O examples of fossil-free electricity and transportation

  4. O energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

  5. O Voting with your dollars

  6. O Find out your ecological footprint

Is geo-engineering a possible solution to the heating up of the planet?

Open Space Question:

Where are unsustainable practices intersecting with your life, and how could you help that change? 

OTHER QUESTIONS

• What sustainability policies/incentives/disincentives would you vote for?

• How could our infrastructures be redesigned to support sustainable growth?

A Major Sustainability Revolution Is Under Way

More at... Sustainability Revolution

Major revolutions are not planned. They happen because life conditions influence many millions [billions] of people to move in a different direction—even against strong resistance.


It was true 10,000 years ago, when the lack of wild game and berries threatened the survival of nomadic tribal life. Tribes were forced to settle down and “garden”, even as many hunter gatherers resisted. It was the beginning of the Agriculture Revolution.


It was true in mid 18th century when technology and automation began raising material prosperity for more people. Traditional producers resisted but were overwhelmed by the advent of the Industrial Revolution.


It is true now. Life conditions have enabled populations to compound so rapidly the impact is stressing out earth’s natural life-support systems. A Sustainability Revolution has begun, but habit and status quo thinking pose a hardened resistence to it.


The major difference this time is, earth’s entire civilization is at stake. And the question is, will enough people wake up in time to see the big picture and do what it takes for civilization to survive and thrive long term? If not, future generations could inherit a trashed planet unfit for life. Highly respected scientists are telling us, in order to avoid environmental degradation and social-economic collapse, we will have to find a way to quickly reverse long standing trends. 


We are not looking at some distant future here. By mid-century we should know what the future holds. So, the challenge is momentous, exciting and crucial—and everyone can make a difference.