Greetings everyone and welcome to the sustainable living page for Santa Maria and North Santa Barbara County!
As this is my pilot article, I look forward to providing you with honest, accurate and timely information. It’s my sincere hope this page will be informative, educational and fun for all of you.
Because this page will be all about sustainable living, I feel the best way to get started is to introduce you to what “sustainability” is.
The essence of sustainability is very simple: “that which can be maintained over time.” By implication, this means any society, or any aspect of a society that is unsustainable can’t be maintained for long and will cease to function at some point.
The concept of sustainability was, and still is to some extent, embodied in the worldviews and traditions of many indigenous peoples. For example, it was a precept (preamble) of the Gayanashagowa, or Great Law of Peace of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. With this constitution, chiefs of the six nations would base any tribal decision they made on how it would impact their people seven generations ahead of them.
The term sustainability first appeared in western cultures in Europe as early as 1712, but didn’t begin gaining widespread popularity until after 1987, when the Brundtland Report of the World Commission of Environment and Development defined sustainable development as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
By choosing to live sustainably, we understand and accept the reality the worlds resources are finite, and therefor our lifestyles as we know them are also finite. There are currently over 300 cities in 56 countries with active sustainability projects, 11 of them operating in California and two of those are Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
This is a very brief and condensed overview of what sustainability is and it’s origins. This article serves as the launch-pad for what will be a long and informative discussion of why sustainability and sustainable economies are the future of the human race. Enjoy reading on as we take this journey together. I will do my best to give you honest and straightforward information, with plenty of additional resources and tools you can use to further you own knowledge. I strongly encourage you to take what I write, share it with others and put this information into action in your own community.
Thank you and once again, welcome!