Sustainable Living

August 29, 2015

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and personal resources Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.

A "green home" is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, while also focusing on the efficient use of energy, water, and building materials. This area is huge and growing globally. These alternative homes promote ecological integrity, energy efficient design and construction, environmentally responsible styles, and economic viability. Read more ...

The Green-Tech Future Is a Flawed Vision of Sustainability   Epoch Times - August 29, 2015

What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world's most pressing environmental problems. In this world we all drive electric cars and have solar panels on our roofs that power our air conditioners and flat-screen televisions. We purchase 'eco' products that provide all the convenience and comfort but without degrading the planet. We continue consuming and growing our economies, without degrading Mother Nature. But I and my colleague Josh (who co-wrote this article) would argue that this vision of sustainability is flawed, and will in fact drive greater damage to the world, its ecosystems, and us. So how has this vision come to dominate? There seem to be three main reasons why the green-tech conception of sustainability is dominant.
1. First, it is good for business.
2. Second, the green-tech future is politically palatable.
3. Third, the green-tech future is less challenging for those of us who enjoy the affluent lifestyles that make such tremendous demands on natural resources.