"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."Webster defines sustainable as: involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy resources. I have never been satisfied with “not completely.” Our society acts like being environmentally friendly means using as much as we can get away with. I ask: What about using as little as possible? What about creating systems that inspire others to act sustainably? What about creating environments that are socially sustainable? What about actively restoring rather than actively destroying?
Our unabashed destruction of our natural world represents compromised morality as a culture. I don’t want to tiptoe around morality. What’s the single biggest thing we can do to move towards a more sustainable culture? Disengage ourselves from the materialism that permeates American culture. To do this well, we need to delve into environmental science, economics, politics, oppression and exploitation, and our cultural values. With this guide to sustainability, I try to answer three questions:
1. What is happening in the world? As a species (or a privileged subset of a species), what are we doing to our environment right now? If things keep going the way they are, what will happen?
2. Where can I learn more? What resources will give an objective perspective?
3. What can I do to create positive change? What does an alternative look like?
These pages are under construction. Some are complete, and others are mostly empty. I'm working on it, but I am traveling in Asia for all of spring 2016. Check back in the summer and fall!
A few more topics currently without photos: Wilderness and Wild Places, Pollution & Toxic Chemicals, Business, and Peace & Militarism.