What is our relationship with Nature?  Are there limits on how we use and consume our natural world?  What are the repercussions of our actions as the dominant force on our planet?  Are the negative trends reversible?  This is The Nature Paradigm:

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3 comments for “Sustainability

  1. May 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Definition of “Sustainable”
    : able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed
    : involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources
    : able to last or continue for [future generations]

  2. Daniel Collins
    May 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Re. The Nature Paradigm

    An island is such a perfect laboratory to examine the microcosmic view of our planet. The limits of resources and the reality of waste having to go someplace is crystal clear in such a closed system. Global trade has altered that laboratory (as mentioned in the film, 80-90% of the food consumed in Hawaii originates from elsewhere), blurring the clarity that it once gave us. But still, the loss of coral reefs critical to the ocean’s food chain and the impact of chemical fertilizer and pesticide runoff are prime examples of our immediate impact.

    Having managed their resources and made the islands their home for at least a thousand years, the native Hawaiians are rightly proud of their innate understanding of the balance necessary to sustain their environment. But again, global trade has complicated the simple relationship they once enjoyed with the land. Petroleum and chemicals have changed that equation, calling for a much more complex response than the simplistic ones that they typically offer.

    “Regenerative farming” is a step in the right direction, but can it – and will it – be done on the scale necessary to rehabilitate the thousands of acres of ag land that has been dramatically altered from it’s natural state by years of chemical-heavy monocropping of sugar cane? Will the end of the sugar industry leave the soil irrevocably damaged or too toxic to produce healthy food crops? What will be planted to hold the topsoil in place until other crops replace the sugar cane?

    More questions than answers here, but the lady professor made the point that it’s entirely up to us to find the answers. “What is it that I can do that will convince others to make changes.” Doing our part includes insisting that others do their part, as well, or we’ll fail to shift to a new paradigm of balance and sustainability.

    We’re the ones driving this society recklessly into the future, consuming and destroying resources and habitat as we go. We’re the ones whose ingenuity created this challenging situation in which we are reliant on a planet that can no longer bear the weight of our numbers. Therefore, we all need to contribute to the solution – or more accurately, the many solutions – that are needed to keep our own planet livable. Start by having fewer children.

  3. May 6, 2016 at 12:16 am

    This is a great video! Its shocking to find out about how many pounds of pesticides are used world wide each year. Also the amount of food that is imported. Now more then ever we should think about how we could use the land from the sugar company to grow Hawaii’s food for the people of Hawaii. We should turn that 90 percent imported food to 90 percent grown in Hawaii for Hawaii. Share this video with your friends and family to make a change for the health of our friends and families for our future generations.

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