||Jan 19, 2007 (Fri)
2 - 6 pm
|"Organizations and Environmental Sustainability" by Rajinder
Raina, India (More of this in the NewsFlash here)
So exactly how many earths would we need to sustain everyone if we all
used resources like the way you do? Find out in this link - take a 3 min
quiz and discover your Eco Footprint - www.royalsaskmuseum.ca. Also
check out the pdf document on Foodmiles. Have fun!
The Forum is to:-
a) First understand "sustainability" more clearly;
b) Understand deeply more fundamental laws of living and;
c) Look at options that we have.
What do we understand by the word "sustainability"? Are we
talking about we human beings wanting to live a few more years or are we
talking about 'survival of life'? We feel that this earth has lived for more
than 4 billion years and it probably would live for ever-irrespective of
human species existence. Anyway we as homo sapiens have only been
around for just over 100,000 years! Putting that into perspective, out of
those 100,000 years for over 90,000 years we lived one with nature. So
that means we knew the subject of sustainability too well.
What exactly happened in the last few years? Why did we land up
in the mess we are in? We feel that somewhere down the road, a part of
us (Sumeer and Olduvai communities) started moving away from
fundamental laws of nature - we started building and nurturing
communities of humans rather than communities of living - man was
considered to be the master of nature - somewhere man started feeling
insufficient and insecure, religion was a big contributor to that - we
became a species of "More". Everything we wanted more-more food than
we could consume, more wealth than we need and more desires than we
In the meantime the four or five fundamental laws of nature were violated
with reckless speed. That gave us progress (defined in a limited way) and
we all got sort of "drunk in that frenzied activity" called 'Life of wanting
more' rather than 'Life of living more'!
Come and explore:
1) Discussion on why sustainability? For whom? Why have we got into
this mess in the first place? Most of us oscillate our focus between
'sustainability for human survival' to 'sustainability of living'. These are two
different paradigms. One coming from fear, insecurity and survival of just
humans at the cost of everything else and the other bringing life and living
into the picture of which humans are a part;
2) Evolve the fundamental laws of nature in an open space format which
are universal and which need to be respected-now and forever;
3) Evolve various ways in which living can honour the fundamental laws.
Here we would like to share what many people have already started doing
as a response-living in communities of practice in conformance with the
fundamental laws-(in fact we are about to create one here)
We invite you to an 'open space' and a 'conversation' on the subject of
Sustainability. Let us all put our heads together and see:
1) Why is it so important to talk about it now?
2) Why have we forgotten what we knew for 90,000 years?
3) Where exactly did we go wrong?
4) What are the options in front of us-given that the structures around us
are dictating our behaviours in spite of our understanding of what ought to
5) What are those fundamental laws that we will have to adhere to?(refer
Daniel Quinn's writings!)
Notes on participant reflections here:
The location is just
a 5 mins shaded
walk from the
station. The club
can be seen from
the MRT station.
Proceed to a café
located on the
ground floor (is
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