2 recent articles highlight the importance of values and a sense of connection. Both fundamental to a genuine transition to sustainability.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee writes in the Guardian on how a sustained transition to sustainability will require nurturing both “soil and soul”.
He points out that:
“If we go to the root of the present ecological crisis we will find a state of disconnection. We appear frighteningly disconnected from real awareness of the effects of our materialistic culture upon the very ecosystem that supports us. The challenge is to develop a value-based economic structure, that is not concerned solely with our material well-being, but embraces the whole human being – body and spirit – as well as the rich biodiversity of the Earth… This deepening of awareness may seem idealistic and impractical, but only a few decades ago organic farming, which respects the well-being of the soil, was considered uneconomic and idealistic. Now it is recognised as both environmentally and economically sustainable.”