It would be short sighted to believe we can become self-sufficient on our own. This does not mean turning ones back on society – quite the reverse: public engagement is the only way things will get moving on an accurate sustainable life model.
The late 20th- century concept of ‘think global – act local’ may be a cliché and discarded comment now; yet its application runs true more than ever. We cannot achieve this as individuals, yet share out responsibilities within our own communities.
Gaining real independence and freeing our shackles of current economic downturn is vital to improve our quality of life. By engaging on a small scale and sustaining what is several tens’ of kilometres around us ………
This is not a philosophy that turns its back on the rest of the world. By sharing Sustainable Good Practice via the internet we can improve free thinking and pooling of intellectual processes to improve our society and citizenship responsibilities to ourselves, those around us and other countries on this vulnerable human-ravaged planet.
The 21st Century accepted model of Sustainable Development is a triad of integrating Social, Economic and Environmental factors. Literally, we can utilise our surroundings through innovative practices to improve our quality of life. This does not necessitate feeding our wants – yet more importantly supporting our needs. Feeding our wants is a materialistic indulgence and self-destructive; supporting our individual and collective needs’ is more effective for human and societal development.
In history the human race has worked with the four seasons, obeying the agricultural cycles, water cycles and weather cycles which supported our food, fuel and water seasonal variations. In this ‘on demand’ society that has grown out of the last 40-70 years, we have become spoiled in the richer Western hemisphere. This has invariably led to our own financial demise on several fronts and this ‘take, take, take’ philosophy has crushed our wayward economics under its own weight. We now need to give something back.
We have been punished by a very bad global recession which will take us decades to repair the damage. Yet what direction of repair do we intend to go? How will this be measured? Using GDP [Gross Domestic Product] as our economic barometer? A great opportunity exists for much of society to re-invent itself with true sustainable methodologies. Do we require a more localised, customised measuring tool or apparatus to gauge our real social/economic/environmental progressiveness?
Positive changes have been evident in pockets all over the planet. Our civilisation is beginning to adopt the planets seasonal variations into our applications of Wind power, where during the autumn and winters more energy is produced vias stronger winds, the same applies to micro-Hydro which produce more electricity in rainy seasons of autumn/winter and less electricity in spring/summer.
This is balanced by applications of Solar / PV [Photovoltaic] which will peak in its electricity production in Spring/Summer and less energy produced in autumn/winter. The point raised is renewable energy resources should be diversified and integrated together in order to feed our basic energy needs.
What we take we can easily give back, and secure a stronger fundamental symbiosis with the earth. Just as trees breathe out the oxygen that humans breathe in, we contribute to the symbiosis cycle by breathing out more carbon dioxide, that the trees absorb back in.
We must put back in from where we take. The water cycle is something important that humans should support. Our international extraction of trees has depleted soil properties which has contributed towards flooding and droughts that we have witnessed an increase in recent years of.
Davius CSR policy highlights practices we undertake in order to address such precious ecological balances which humanity should be more proactively responsible for.
Design for Peace is a philosophy that encompasses that everything we do which has an impact around us. The houses we build or roads we lay down, the social impacts can be as severe as the environmental impacts. Sensitivity to others’ needs is important, and by transparently communicating with our business neighbours or local community, we can progress different projects along. This is not just a planning issue, yet about informing the public and educating the public. Collaboration will contribute to more effective content work, environments, and happier communities.
Living lightly is not just about having less or no impact upon the planet’s precious eco systems (be it you live a Carbon Neutral lifestyle), yet also how you impact your local community and local economy. Communicate your ideas outwardly and utilise all the feedback; many people will have ideas and considerations that your company, charity or group may not yet have considered. Although millions of people rebuke the current recession very bitterly, there are many opportunities to begin afresh under the serious constraints that we all work, live and play in. Every person and every situation will present unique circumstances to improve their respective situations. When we work with our clients, we work to identify what potential can be gained from such existing processes and make them more sustainable.
Too frequently society sees failure as an immensely negative word which too many try to avoid, whilst others are just in denial of it. In this breakneck speed society of digital economy, lifestyle, forcing school teenagers or young university adults to get highest grades or else everything else in their lives will be a disappointment! Such pressures may cause more damage than realised. All people should learn from failure and NOT have a ‘fear of failure’ – learning from our mistakes will have a stronger learning arc than the arrogance of a product that succeeds only to become stale in the market place with no idea of how to progress further…which is when the competition will eventually beat you!
It is unchartered territory that we move into now, with governments finally being at a stage of looking at giving communities more powers and letting them be empowered to deal with their local problems (with transparent results).
One of the greatest examples in recent years is the Merthyr Community Vs the Incinerator – an example of a socially deprived district to the north of the Welsh Valleys where the people stood up against big industry and stopped the construction of an incinerator in their district. It was a glowing example of people pulling together, mobilising and calmly stopping their district from being impeded with something they did not want there. Check the video out!
Davius believes strongly in Design for Peace projects and activities and mind sets, and in collaborating and working together to promote more sustainable lives, communities and countries. By working with you, we will understand where your processes may have gone wrong and suggest sustainable methodologies to improve your work/community situation. Always bear in mind; the collective power of individual token contributions is how we will eventually make headway to a positive sustainable social/business/ecological system of life. We must believe that progress is possible – manifestation will bring about stronger positive results for everyone without further conflict or compromise of our neighbours.
If you would like help in promoting your project, supporting your engagement of the local community and generating further awareness. Davius can help by advising and setting up your social media activity as well as video marketing in order to help you achieve your project goals – no matter how small or large your project is.
Together we can increase awareness of what matters in your field of Sustainability.