Chapter 14: Engaged

‘No humans or other living beings can survive without multiple interconnections with other organisms.’

Ernest Callenbach70

At the heart of sustainability is an experience of the connectedness of things; a lived understanding of the countless interrelationships that link material, socio-cultural and economic systems with nature. These connections operate at different scales and with different spheres of influence, some on a direct local level and others globally. Openness to these relationships is a key precursor for change as it demonstrates the dynamic effect of each part on every other. Put simply, when working with sustainability ideas and practices, nothing exists in isolation.

Such an approach contrasts sharply with ...

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