Sustainable Development

What is The Tao of Sustainable Development?

The purpose of Sustainable Development must be to deliver a framework whereby every human has ready access to all basic necessities – clean air, water, food, housing, sanitation, sustainable housing, health care, and energy – whilst simultaneously remaining below the carrying capacity of the natural environment both locally and globally.… Read the rest

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Sustainable Agriculture & Animal Husbandry

A permaculture system of agriculture and ethical and sustainable animal husbandry are absolutely necessary to produce enough food for over 7 billion people without degrading the soil and wider ecology on which we all depend. This is based on the research and work of David Holmgren and others and the 12 principles on which permaculture is based.… Read the rest

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Individual and Collective Psychological Freedom

Psychological freedom, whilst difficult to articulate adequately in words, is perhaps, the single most important of the five factors and it owes as much, if not more, to feelings & emotion rather than logic. Societies and individuals must address & seek healing for negative psychological patterns of behaviour, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental illness and emotional trauma in all its grim myriad forms.… Read the rest

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Cyclical Resource Use (C2C) and Advanced Technology

Advanced technology explicitly includes; clean green renewable-energy, effective waste-management systems and sustainable housing with a low or zero environmental impact. Whilst humans would continue to manipulate our environment, as we have done since time immemorial, the manner in which we do so would be fundamentally different; based on scientific knowledge/research, long-term thinking and respect for the Earth.… Read the rest

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Holistic, Compassionate and Research-Based Education Systems

Although there does not exist one-size-fits-all solution to education, there are certain organisational principles, pedagogical approaches and values that have evidentially been shown to be superior to the strategy of prescriptive standardised testing so beloved of the so-called ‘standards movement’. Young hearts and minds must be nurtured like orchids or turnips or coca shrubs or coconuts or maize or olive trees or potatoes or rice paddies since, like plants, what nourishes one may well be anathema to another.… Read the rest