Cognizant of the history of civilizations, I’ve been thinking about the characteristics of a sustainable civilization as a condition for healthy humans within a healthy Earth community. Instead of creating institutions and bureaucracies let’s create and encourage values, mores, characteristics that will travel through deep time to future people. Cleaning my desk I can across this quote (again) and share it with you here.
Prosperity consists in our ability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological limits of a finite planet. The challenge for our society is to create the conditions under which this is possible. It is the most urgent task of our times.
- Tim Jackson from Prosperity Without Growth
The entire book is available to read at http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=914 as of this blog post.
Or buy it from the publisher: www.routledge.com/books/details/9781844078943/
A Guardian (UK) book review (2010):
A Sierra Club review (no date):