[ Copyright Stuart B. Hill ]
(Reprint. Points to consider for discussion)
Working with the processes of change (personal, social and ecological); the importance of ‘small meaningful initiatives we can guarantee to carry through to completion’; Lewin’s ‘Force Field Analysis’ (driving and restraining forces); and the public sharing and celebration of change.
Bragging about examples from your past and present; dreaming and planning about initiatives for the future (in relation to your personal wellbeing and relationships); keeping track of your progress.
- Expanding our awareness – building on our past, preparing for our future – and its relationships with empowerment, vision, values, relationships, wellbeing and effective and meaningful action.
[ A talk presented to the Alberta Round Table on the Environment and Economy & the Alberta Environmental Network, by Dr. Stuart B. Hill, Associate Professor of Entomology & Director, Ecological Agriculture Projects (11 June, 1992). Reprinted with permission, October, 2008 with augmented content. ]
My aim in this presentation is to be supportive to everyone here (and to whomever subsequently reads this transcript) in the development of your own unique thoughts and actions related to the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development.
Let me first say that for me, sustainable practices are those that help repair and maintain natural systems; and development refers to human development, that is individual, community, and species psychosocial development and evolution. Thus, I define sustainable development as the maintenance of the planet and its ecosystems for optimal, equitable human development.
[ Copyright Dr Werner Sattmann-Frese 2009]
Notions of ‘Sustainable Living’ have recently been considered in relation to topics such as clean air and water, Permaculture and solar panels.
Whereas such environmental initiatives and government programs are important and will continue to play important roles in the ecological recovery of this planet, there is now also a growing awareness that to live sustainably we will also have to address the emotional and psychosocial aspects of sustainability.
The participation and well-being of individuals within all stratas of society are important to the viability of sustainable living programs and practices.
[ © Stuart B. Hill ]
Does it support: empowerment, awareness, creative visioning, valuesclarification, acquisition of essential literacies and competencies, responsibility, wellbeing and health maintenance, vitality and spontaneity (building & maintaining personal capital – personal sustainability)?
Does it support: caring, loving, responsible, mutualistic, negentropic relationships with diverse others (valuing equity & social justice), other species, place and planet (home & ecosystem maintenance)?
Does it support: positive total life-cycle personal development and change?
- Does it support: accessible, collaborative, responsible, creative, celebrational, life- promoting communityand politicalstructures and functions (building & maintaining social capital – cultural [including economic] sustainability)?
Does it support: the valuing of ‘functional’ high cultural diversity and mutualistic relationships?
Does it support: positive cultural development and co-evolutionary change?