Sustainability

“Sustainability is the ability of the current generation to meet its needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.”

United Nations Brundtland Commission, 1987

John Ehrenfeld, author of Sustainability by Design, declares that in order to “adopt a new story that will change our behavior such that flourishing rather than unsustainability shows up in action” we need to address global warming and carbon emissions and all the rest, but we also need to be radical in our thinking. We need to engage in a new conversation.

If we look at Nature we can see the true expression of “flourishing.” This is the world that conscious global citizens are committed to protecting through awareness, responsibility and sustainable action.

Paul Hawken, environmental activist and author of Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming, aptly says, “The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.”

At this moment in history there are powerful shifts in conversation that are opening up new possibilities for creating a sustainable world. This is a world sourced by Sufficiency and informed by The Power of Enough – an individual inquiry into “what is enough?” and a collective understanding that we now have the ability, the power and the choice to create a sustainable world. To that end, people who are concerned about the future of our planet, our country and our way of life are working together to bring about this transformation.

In order for the earth and all species to flourish, we must use the opportunities opened to us by the current global economic crisis, which compels us to completely rework, or even create for the first time, our thinking about what is sustainable. What is sufficient to sustain our lives without compromising the ability of future generations to sustain theirs?

Without a clear sense of what enough is, we cannot achieve sustainability. Sufficiency is the ground on which all sustainability rests.

“We thrive and survive on planet earth as a single human family. And one of our main responsibilities is to leave to successor generations a sustainable future.”

General Kofi A. Annan

“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible.”

Norman Cousins

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”

Robert Redford