20.1.11

thoughts on sustainability


should we be talking about resilience instead of sustainability?  and it's interesting that he mentions a lot of the things we've already talked about...especially with regard to food. but somehow, it also seems to be a loose collection of things and not a concrete answer to the transition to a world without oil. not that i think there's a concrete answer, but it would be reassuring, wouldn't it?  but maybe what it takes is all of us doing some small, but smart part. i guess that's my hope.

5 comments:

Karen said...

... if only EVERYONE would do just a small part.

Roberta said...

Ah yes.

A world without oil.

I think that would not be pretty.

Will said...

It's a huge problem. Yes, everyone should be both resilient and as self-sufficient as possible. Yes, being green is important .... yes yes yes to all the buy local, be responsible be educated etc.

But, all of those things will be bobbing corks on the ocean if there's isn't political and business linkage. Ideally, the homesteader using solar power, riding a bike, growing a garden, weaving their own clothes, etc ... should also get into politics or become the CEO of a major corporation (or religion) ... then change on the big scale can begin.

So much of today's sustainability movement feels and looks like historic versions .. it's time to modernize sustainability, resilience and methods of care of the earth.

julochka said...

any ideas on modernizing sustainability? is it by using technologies? that's what a lot of the other TED talks suggest. and as long as apple makes the technology, i'm in, so maybe it's them we need to convince to do something.

Will said...

If I had a few answers to these burning questions I would get an agent to book me on the lecture circuit ... $10,000 per evening lecture, minimum.

Seriously, government in leadership and partnership is probably the best bet. Unfortunately, here in the US, the rightwing with their pro-business agenda has succeeded in their stupid quest of removing government from many of the things government does best.

When we stop spending 50% of the Fed budget on the military and when the government returns as a watchdog and policy maker - perhaps then we'll witness sustained efforts regarding alternative power sources, environmental polices not favoring big business and tax credits for inventive solutions to global catastrophes (de-forestation, top down mining, the need for clean water, etc.).