Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Natural Step for Eco-Villages

The Natural Step for Eco-Villages
By TIM MONTAGUE

The Natural Step has four 'system conditions' which, when achieved, will create sustainable conditions. In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing

1. concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth's crust;

2. concentrations of substances produced by society;

3. degradation by physical means

4. and, in that society human needs are met.

In other words, we should minimize harm to the earth and human health; we should use alternatives to fossil fuels, toxic metals, and other persistent toxic substances. We should achieve zero waste (or darn near). And we should protect and restore nature and the ecosystem services it provides. But most importantly, we should meet basic human needs for food, shelter, education and healthcare. I would add that basic human needs include a social environment free of social isolation bred of racism and classism, an environment that nurtures and respects everyone.


Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert:
Natural Step: the Science of Sustainability
Educating a Nation: A Natural Step (alternative)
Cycle of Nature (alternative)

wiki for Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert
His book, The Natural Step Story: Seeding a Quiet Revolution
some video clips

The Natural Step:
The Natural Step (UK, New Zealand)
More on the Natural Step

Sarah James and Torbjorn Lahti, The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices

From Linear to Cyclical Economy (part 2)
Peter Montague, The Meaning of Sustainability
(pdf)

Some articles at Energy Bulletin on Sweden:
Swedish government embraces peak oil and looks towards biofuels
Peak oil & Sweden: what a small country can do
Why the Swedish oil commission fails to deliver route to oil independence

Misc:
Yes Magazine
Summer 2006 issue: 5,000 Years of Empire: Ready for a Change?

Kick the Oil Habit blog

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