A values-based transition to sustainability

Landscape around Céu do Patriarca Ecovillage, Brazil. Here, communities organise for nurturing both 'soil and soul'. Photo: Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger

2 recent articles highlight the importance of values and a sense of connection. Both fundamental to a genuine transition to sustainability.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee writes in the Guardian on how a sustained transition to sustainability will require nurturing both “soil and soul”.

He points out that:

If we go to the root of the present ecological crisis we will find a state of disconnection. We appear frighteningly disconnected from real awareness of the effects of our materialistic culture upon the very ecosystem that supports us. The challenge is to develop a value-based economic structure, that is not concerned solely with our material well-being, but embraces the whole human being – body and spirit – as well as the rich biodiversity of the Earth… This deepening of awareness may seem idealistic and impractical, but only a few decades ago organic farming, which respects the well-being of the soil, was considered uneconomic and idealistic. Now it is recognised as both environmentally and economically sustainable.”

A beautiful piece – take a look!
An earlier piece, also in the Guardian, talks in the same vein on the dangers of disconnection. Jo Confino reports on interviews with 3 CEOs – Ian Cheshire (Kingfisher), Saker Nusseibeh (Hermes Fund Managers) and John Steel (Cafédirect). His piece underlines how: “Highlighting the enormous damage we are doing to society and the planet is not generating much of a response, and neither is talking up the opportunities. At the core of the problem is the fact that the vast majority of people do not feel connected to the issues.”
It’s great to see Arne Naess being cited within the Sustainable Business section of a major newspaper!