Territoriality and tribalism

The following is an excerpt from the revised of edition of the Econation book Light Feet. In this excerpt we look at another one of the most destructive human traits, namely, territoriality and tribalism. Humans have an innate need to build and protect their territory. Territory includes tangible and physical elements such as land, habitations … Read more

Exploitation

The following is an excerpt from the revised of edition of the Econation book Light Feet. In this excerpt we look at one of the most destructive human traits, namely, exploitation. Power, control and manipulation Humans are predators, and extremely good predators at that. Humans prey on everything, not just food, but also many other … Read more

Working from home

Since the arrival of COVID-19 many people have discovered the pros and cons of working from home. I have worked from home for over 20 years. I am a graphic designer by trade and a writer and sustainability nut by vocation. I can easily do all of these things from home. For many years I … Read more

Buckminster Fuller Quotes

Buckminster Fuller was a designer, inventor, writer and a hero of sustainability. He said and wrote many amazing things, including: “I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, … Read more

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

The right brain and sustainability

A cursory glance at a picture of a brain from above shows that the neo-cortex is divided. These two hemispheres are not symmetrical in form or in function. Whilst debate continues about the function of each hemisphere, there is no doubt that they are different. The divided brain The psychologist Ian McGilchrist describes the difference … Read more

The paradox of efficiency

Efficiency is a classic case of a doubled-edged sword. On one side efficiency is crucial for the practice of sustainability because it is about getting more from less. In particular it is about getting more products and services from less resources. On the other hand efficiency is the darling of business management and strategy. Efficiency … 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