Filed under: J840 Week 5, Society + Media | Tags: sustainability, University Office of Sustainability UNH
Sustainability, what is it? One word with countless definitions. Hard to grasp. Good grief! Today I am informed as a result of two interactions.
Interaction one –
Chris Doran opened my eyes today. When thinking about defining sustainability, think about what sustains you. Your answers will go beyond air, food, water, shelter. You will include the more complex and rich aspects of living; the things that matter to you.
University Office of Sustainability at UNH asserts that culture is key to sustainability and includes it as one of four key components in their learning model. What do you think?
Interaction two –
A friend with a lengthy history of service work defines sustainability as follows: “My inspiration for thinking about how I live on earth has come from my travels and service experiences in Guatemala, India and Nepal. People are forced to live without basic necessities like adequate and clean drinking water and clean air. It is hard to describe the misery of trying to breathe in their major cities. Having seen the impact of our presence on the environment in this way, I am acutely aware of my own use of resources. I make choices that consider my contribution to the total. For me, the option to be less wasteful is easy. I consider it sinful if I am not a careful and caring steward of the earth. I think about the future as embodied in the beautiful children that are trying to grow and thrive in this environment and the animals that cannot complain.”
I agree with my friend. I agree with UOS of UNH.
Today was a good day; my curiosity was appeased.
What sustains me? Air, water, food, shelter, curiosity, compassion, love, laughter and learning. What sustains you?
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