Apr 24, 2011

Why 'Self-Sufficiency' Should Replace 'Sustainability' in the Environmental Movement

http://awakenlifemanagement.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world.jpgActivist post: Because the only genuine path to sustainability in any broad sense is through one person and community at a time, the environmental movement must shift its focus to personal self-sufficiency. And because sustainability cannot be achieved through forced coercion, gently educate your peers when they express interest.  On a broader scale, propose ideas to make your neighborhood or town less dependent on outside influences and seek like-minded volunteers to assist in projects.

Ultimately, in order for environmentalists to affect real change we must do as Gandhi said and "be the change you want to see in the world."  This doesn't mean preaching, picketing, or protesting.  It means living the change. And the most effective way to live a more sustainable existence is to dedicate ourselves to breaking free from the poisonous system itself. Read more from Activist post