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Complimentary Class in Sustainability 101
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Sustainability: Promising News
By Jeffrey Reel
Today, most everyone is aware of Climate Change, but virtually everything we read, watch and listen to on the subject is a repetition of grim statistics that have left us feeling overwhelmed and, at times, even fatalistic over our prospects for making any meaningful change.
Eastover’s complimentary class – Sustainability: Promising News – offers a refreshingly optimistic and promising point of view on how individuals can both understand and respond to Climate Change – from its global implications to practical solutions in our communities and homes. Eastover is also proudly embarking on a water reclamation system that serves as a beacon of hope and instruction for the future of water treatment, water conservation, and how to address Climate Change by working with nature instead of against it.: An Eco-Machine made of live plants eating away pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Climate Change was inevitable, and we have to first forgive ourselves for having created this environmental crisis. After all, it was easier to burn a piece of coal than it was to understand the science behind it… and the side effects. And the cumulative side effects of our imperfect 19th- and 20th-century technologies upon our environment have only recently been recognized. Seattle’s mayor Mike McGinn observed: “We’re the first generation to see the effects of climate change,” but, he added, we are “the last generation who can do anything about it.”
$11. Come learn how a chick emerging from its shell can inform humanity on how nature supports our efforts to not only survive, but thrive, as we respond to environmental change.
$12. Our challenge today is not technological in nature, because the technology exists to address all aspects of Climate Change. Humanity’s challenge is, instead, social, spiritual and personal in nature.
$13. Paradigm Shift: Humanity brought fire – and combustible materials – under control as far back as 1.6 million years ago. Ever since that time, we have relied upon the burning of fuels to warm, then electrify, our homes and business, to drive our industries and propel our vehicles. Today – after 1.6 million years – we have developed the technology to finally wean humanity off its dependence upon fire, and to usher in sources of unlimited renewable and clean energy.
$14. As just one example among many: with today’s technology we can access, beneath our very feet, a clean energy source that could provide America’s energy needs for the next 30,000 years. Eastover’s complimentary class on sustainability explains how that is possible.
$15. Although we don’t live in a protective bubble, Eastover’s class explores practical ways you and your family can create a household environment that supports your health: from the foods you purchase to the water you drink; from the cosmetics you apply to your body to minimizing – and eliminating altogether – the household cleaners used regularly in your home.
Whenever we speak of evolution, what comes to mind is fossilized evidence – things old and partial, trapped in stone, until exposed to sunlight and dusted clean with an archeologist’s brush. These fragments often reveal species of life that died out ages ago, having been unable to respond to social and environmental pressures.
Today, we find ourselves at a critical juncture in our evolution, where our technological achievements had, until recently, outpaced our understanding of the science – and the side effects – behind them. Mathematician and scientist Arthur Young observed that evolution, for it to progress, requires a current against which to swim. The river of time carries us along, but it is only by our own effort that we evolve. The challenges facing us today are not technical in nature, they are social and, more importantly, personal. Although it was inevitable that humans, as an evolving species, arrive at this point in time, the question remains if we will consciously choose to navigate these waters and make it successfully to the other side of this crisis, or whether our bones and buildings be reduced to fossilized evidence: a species that chose not to respond quickly enough to the environmental and social pressures we ourselves created.
Come learn about the tools available to each one of us today to respond favorably, and swiftly, to Climate Change. It’s part of Eastover’s ongoing commitment to serving the individual, the community, and the planet.