How to Live Sustainably. Earn less, spend less, emit and degrade less. That’s the formula.

Less Work, More Living Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.   Terrific article from a greatmagazine Millions of Americans have lost control over the basic rhythm of their daily lives. They work too much, eat too quickly, socialize too little, drive and sit in traffic […]

2011 Sustainability Oration

Anthropocene- Geologists press for recognition of Earth-changing ‘human epoch’

Experts want the human imprint in the geological record to be acknowledged as a new epoch, the Anthropocene These are epoch-making times. Literally. There is now “compelling evidence”, according to an influential group of geologists, that humans have had such an impact on the planet that we are entering a new phase of geological time: […]

Kitaro Endless Water and Sunset

One of the musical highlights of my life was seeing Kitaro in concert at the concert hall in Salt Lake City in the mid 90’s. Brilliant.  

Connectivity and the Human Race

  The Social Sense < Today, at the Sundance Film Festival, she premiered Connected, and here’s what they say at Sundance: With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, […]

Terrific article on political and environmental policy – highly recommended

The Potential and Risks of Geoengineering By Jamais Cascio When it comes to our planet’s environment, “isolationism” is impossible. By the year 2030, environmental policy and political policy will be completely inseparable at the global level. Arguably, that should be the case today. As we gain a deeper understanding of ecosystem processes, we’re seeing […]

Business Gets Real About Sustainability

The real power of achieving sustainable  life on the planet does lie to a large degree with the response of business. While there are business people who are more concerned about their own economic sustainability than social and ecological sustainability, at least they are starting the conversation and reaslising that it is impacting their bottom […]

The Responsible Use of Technology

The influence of technology, particularly computer based technology is both exciting and terrifying. Exciting because of the potential it opens up for individuals and cooperation. Terrifying because of its capacity to impact developing brains, limit abilities to communicate face to face and dehumanise society. The current penchant for many aspects of education, from the provision […]

Sustainability- not what you think it means!

Sustainability is a term that, like many other english words, is at risk of being both overused and mis-used. So are the words ecological and environmental! Listening to people discuss sustainability, one would imagine they share a common understanding – not so. The Local Government (Ecologically Sustainable Development) Amendment Act 1997, which requires local Councils […]

A Principled Life

Sustainability has been grasped as THE factor we need to consider however  Sustainability is only one of the Principles of Living Systems.  If we are genuine in shifting public perception from a need to ‘conquer’ nature, to a need to genuinely engage as an integral component of the macro-ecosystem, then human created systems such as bureaucracies […]