The coming decade is going to be about sustainability. Continuing our current model of sustained growth is unrealistic and unachievable. This requires a major shift in our relationship to the principles of sustainability. Communities across the country are beginning to recognize the need to move toward real sustainability; why not a regional Sustainability Capital? Why not establish a hub where regional thought leaders and others convene to share and refine the techniques for creating truly sustainable, post-destructive community? This extraordinary opportunity is custom tailored to the heritage and the character of western North Carolina, and may well be the key to its future economic, environmental and community vitality.
Why not "sustainability tourism"? The Mother Earth Eco Village gave western North Carolina a glimpse of this possibility when it drew thousands of visitors to Henderson County in the 1970s and early '80s to learn the principles and skills of eco-logical living.
Sustainable Now has developed an introductory "Sustainability Literacy" presentation focused on becoming a Sustainability Capital. It is part one of a four-part initiative for fostering a local shift to true "sustainability". You can play a part by inviting Ian Booth to give this lively and engaging talk at your group, company or organizational meetings of ten people or more in the Asheville area. The talk lasts about 15 minutes, so contact us to arrange a date ... and thank you for your interest in this important work.