This week I had a chance to listen to several thoughtful conversations about sustainability and earth centered development at the Whole Earth Summit. There were so many good ideas shared about addressing climate change, eliminating poverty globally, and addressing social justice issues — all aspects of sustainability and improving the quality of life around the world.
I was probably most interested in the idea of creating a regenerative economy, which has a strong basis in celebrating local economies. Hunter Lovins mentioned some work by John Fullerton with his emphasis on place centered economics. I need to learn more about that.
Many thought leaders shared a strong belief that developing local resilience is critical to creating a new world economy. I share the belief that we need to create local resilience so that we meet most needs locally for food, housing, energy, and health care.
It’s been a while since I’ve been working deeply in the area of sustainability, so I have some catching up to do. I was particularly interested in the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity. That organization is dedicated to “transforming the global economy into one that delivers greater human wellbeing and happiness, while nestling gracefully into the larger ecosystem that sustains all life”.
I also think it’s time that I joined 350.org led by Bill McKibben. I admire the work he has been doing for many years.
It’s not necessarily easy to keep up with the latest ideas in our fields of interest in life. How do you make time to keep learning?
Do you have any catching up to do in the areas that interest you in life and work?