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"The future lies as much in our own hands, if not more so, than that of the scientists."|
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE LIVING?
by Dr. John Fielder
In todays society the in term is "Sustainable Living", yet I wonder if many really understand what we really mean when we use the term.
The answer to the question is that usually when in conversation we use the term "Sustainable Living", most of us are referring to one or the other of these aspects, often not being aware of, or at the most forgetting, these others do exist and are of equal importance.
- Are we referring to the houses we live in, the cars we drive,the machines we use, the clothes we wear etc., and the materials from which they are made,and their ability to be recycled?
- Or are we thinking of our agricultural practices and their impact upon the environment?
- And even further, are we looking at how we are functioning in our everyday life, and whether this is impinging on our environment and causing it to be effected?
- Or to take it even further, how do our every day habits effect our health and well-being?
- And to return to our original statement, are we referring to the effects that the materials and chemicals use in the production of our houses, cars, appliances, clothing, machinery, etc. has an effect upon our health and well-being?
- Or, to bring us right upo date with the technological world, are we referring to the unnatural, and/or excessive radiations to which we are being eposed through our use of X-Rays, computers, mobile phones, ultra sound etc.?
We in the INHS would wish to suggest that if we are to be truly cognisant with regards to our health and the health of the planet, both of which of course go hand in hand, when we use the term "Sustainable Living", we are referring to it in a way that includes all those things I have mentioned, and more. It includes all life, and in this context I am here referring to, and including, this planet earth.
For as was well summed up in a declaration after a meeting of scientists from the four great international global research programmes in 2001, said:
The earth system behaves as a single, self regulating system, comprised of physical, chemical, biological, and human components. The interactions and feed-backs between the component parts are complex and exhibit multi-scale temporal and spatial variability.
The scientist James Lovelock refers to this living, self regulating, Earth as Gaia, and in his book,The Revenge of Gaia, he says,
"Science is supposed to be objective, so why has it failed to warn us sooner of these dangers?"
He goes on to answer this question by writing,
"Science is a cosy, friendly club of specialists who follow their numerous stars; it is proud and wonderfully productive, but never certain, hampered by the persistence of incomplete world views". It can readily be seen that the future lies as much in our own hands, if not more so, than that of the scientists.
In conclusion I would like to direct our attention particularly to housing and its design and refer our members to the work of the architect William McDonough in the area of designing Sustainable buildings.
Dr. John Fielder
"The idea that humanity can have a mutually beneficial relationship with the biological world is the foundation of the 4000 year-old tradition of Chinese agriculture.
How inspiring to see that cradle-to-cradle thinking can become not only the common knowledge of a people, but the rich soil of a lively culture and a venerable philosophical tradition."
"Our health and the health of the planet go hand in hand"|