Ideas, suggestions & opinions about education, power, change and community.

Ya don't have to sail to Antarctica to dodge harpoons!

Notwithstanding,  of course,  that we owe a great debt to those who do.

Sustainability Street invites participation.  On your own terms.

From anyone.  From everyone!  From everywhere! 

Protecting and enhancing the natural systems upon which we rely, does not require a "membership card".  The only qualification to be "an environmentalist" is to want to see life prosper.  In the recent past there has been a subtext that unless you were an obvious greenie, protestor, new ager or eco-zoo-bio-logist, that you weren't helping or couldn't be a part.  John Fitsgeral Kennedy soon scotched that idea ...

anybdy can make a difference ... and everybody should try.

 


 

The Sustainability Street Approach (SSA) is a local, social, passionate … though never prosletysing … response to our deep concerns for the Earth.  It is not necessarily about “joining” a traditional, campaign, issue focussed group per se.  Of course, we have much to thank action groups for.   The Approach’s core aim is to shift culture to make redundant the need for urgent campaigns to save the environment.  This is a big call of utopian, whole of society  proportions.  For sure.

Micheangelo once said ... the danger is not that you aim for the stars and fail!  The danger is that you aim lower and succeed!

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Pablo said, "if it can be dreamed it can be real.  Albie surmised that imagination is more important then knowledge.  Modern sports psychology is the cream on top.  Sports Psych has scientifically proven that a player who imagines, dreams, visualises scoring the goal ... is more likely to do it!  One of the eight principles of the Sustainability Street Approach is ... take time out to imagine a clean, green sustainable future.

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As Sustainability Street Communities we acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands of  the indigenous Nations who are the traditional owners of Terra Australis.  We honour their living culture, which has nowhere been swept away by the "so-called" tide of history. 

To the elders of the traditional owners we pay our deep and abiding respect and to them we dedicate our work for ecological sustainability.


Furthermore, we assert, with fulsome conviction, that ecological sustainability and community wellbeing will be more profoundly achieved in this country to the extent that the modern Australian Nation ...


a)  acknowledges, respects and learns from the profound depth of the traditional Aboriginal knowledge, wisdom, perception and very ancient cultural understanding of land & community.  Kinship rocks eh!?
b) engage in a just, truthful, generous and abiding reconciliation with contemporary Aboriginal Australia and extend sincere, compensation backed apology for significant and often obscene past wrongs, of the order of historic crimes against humanity.
c)   acknowledges also, in the words of Gough Whitlam, that until these things are achieved, the entire modern Australian Nation remains diminished.

 

1. Food Security, as it's known, speaking as one who has been eating food all one's life, should be near and dear to all of us who eat.  This podcast puts the serious, chilling case on the one hand, while on the other ... as with all things Sustainability Street, and, to quote Paul Hawken, "it's all about possibilities and solutions, humanity knows what to do".

Furthermore, and again in the Sustainability Street Approach genre, consider this.  Up until the 1950 and the 1960s, as much as 50% of the food we ate, grew in the backyards of our capital cities. 

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