Published by Antoinette Siu on 03 May 2012 at 02:04 pm
The Spring of Sustainability series launched in March and another successful week has covered topics ranging from green lifestyles to personal alternative energy. Here are some key points and calls to action from our green leaders.
On Monday, CEO of Natural Logic Inc. Gil Friend spoke to us about putting our money where our heart is. We need to think about the true cost of what we’re buying. The real cost factors in the environmental and social costs of everything involved with “growing and creating the materials, manufacturing the product, transporting it to you, and what you do with it when you have it”. That said, Natural Logic helps companies design, implement and measure profitable sustainability strategies.
Trathen Heckman, is the founder of Daily Acts, an organization with a mission to transform our communities through inspired action. “A lot of the education comes from communities and what’s working, and making more of it,” he says. It’s also about “thinking more mindfully about what’s going into our bodies and communities”. As a call to action, Trathen encourages listeners to participate in 350.org‘s “Connecting the Dots” International Climate Action Day.
On Wednesday, poet, artist and actor John Trudell talked about different appreciations for the self. “Don’t jump to love, pay attention to like. Free your minds from the sedation of belief. We want alternative energy but let’s understand we are the alter-native energy we seek,” he reminds us.
Today, Wiser’s Executive Director Peggy Duvette focused her talk on “Connected Globally, Engaging Locally: Wiser and the Sustainability Movement”. She shared what WiserEarth is trying to achieve, facilitating organizations and individuals to connect and collaborate within the social and environmental sphere. “Building a global movement,” Peggy emphasizes, “is about empowerment and listening”. She clarifies that we’re not building the movement, we’re empowering it by harnessing the power of existing initiatives for communities of action to be more effective in their work.
Be sure to continue joining in on these free talks led by our sustainability visionaries. Tomorrow, editor of Resurgence and founder of Schumacher College Satish Kumar will be discussing “Soil, Soul and Society”. Kumar is a Jain monk and a nuclear disarmament advocate, and has been the editor of Resurgence for the over 30 years.
If you missed any of these sessions, replays are available here for a limited time.
The Spring of Sustainability continues through June. Follow and join in on discussions here.
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