The search for lost time

A study reported that the average English person spends 10 minutes a day looking for misplaced things. Over a 60 year period this equates to 3650 hours. To put this in perspective, 3650 hours is just over 456 work days or nearly two work years! There are many reasons why people lose or misplace things … Read more

Definition of Sustainability

The definition of sustainability (i.e. environmental sustainability) is when all people live within the limits of the Earth’s biocapacity.  Biocapacity is the amount of biologically productive land and sea area that can supply the resources a human population consumes, and to assimilate associated waste. In other words, biocapacity is earth’s production of renewable resources. On … Read more

Love yourself and others

The importance of relationships. Love yourself and others.

This is not some sentimental notion. To love is a practical way to improve your well-being, and the well-being of others at the same time. The evil demons of our nature like greed, envy, rivalry and tribalism disconnect us from each other. Whereas love connects us, it is the glue that holds humanity together. To … Read more

Environmentally sustainable human well-being

Environmentally sustainable human well-being is what we call Sustainabilism.  The question Sustainabilism answers is, can we have universal human well-being without ruining nature? The answer is yes, but not the way we are currently going about things.  Environmental sustainability is a problem of resources. Currently, humans use over one and a half times the resources … Read more

Do what’s right

Yesterday I was clever so I changed the world.Today I am wise so I am changing myself.– Rumi Do what you think is right and therefore be the change you want to see in the world. Knowing what is right and what is wrong is the basis of wisdom. Doing what is right and not … Read more

At one with the universe

One of the consequences of having self-awareness is the feeling that you are separate, and not at one with the universe. Feeling separate leads to existential angst. However we are not really separate at all. It is true that we are differentiated from other things but not for long. The atoms in our bodies are … Read more

Pursue wisdom 

Morepork – Pursue Wisdom

The most important truth for all humans to face up to is that, in the words of Frederick Nietzsche, we are not finished yet. We are not fully evolved. We are not perfect. Indeed, a lot of what we think and do is unevolved. We can do better. But what is better? To answer this … Read more

Be true to yourself

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living … Read more

The Ways of Sustainabilism


Sustainabilism is the approach for achieving environmentally sustainable human well-being. Econation’s mission is to highlight the ways that enhance and contribute to the wellbeing of both people and planet. We also uncover and criticise the ways that harm the wellbeing of both people and planet. It just so happens that generally speaking what is best … Read more

Not-to-do list

“To attain knowledge, add things every day.To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”– Lao Tzu Lao Tzu’s advice is an age-old truism. Antoine de Saint-Exupery said something akin: “​[a] designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” And E.F. Schumacher … Read more