So here we are, at the end of our ten weeks, as a sustainable communities class. Shortly, we will complete our final and continue on our college journey at CPP. I am very confident and grateful that I will continue my journey with a much greater understanding of our world, because of this class. At the beginning of the quarter, I did have an understanding for the term sustainability, but now it is so much greater. Put simply, sustainability is the ability for something to sustain, and to sustain is to supply with nourishment. We live in a time where we are supplied with products and systems far from nourishing or beneficial to life. Our food is corrupted, our water is polluted, our soils destroyed, our air and climate altered. Humanity, as a whole, is better than this. I can now be sure of it after taking this class. Learning about corporations, through systems, The Price of Sugar, and The Corporation was very useful. Our current democratic system worships the corporation, granting them the same rights as individual humans, as if their needs and morality are equivalent. Also, learning and experiencing the importance of community, through discussion and community service events, was extremely useful. At Annie Leonard’s lecture, she emphasized the importance of citizens and community to bring about a better world. Technology to do so is here, citizen involvement, however, is not. By completing the 20 hours of community service for this class, I experienced, shared, and learned a lot. Citizen involvement is simple, yet so rewarding and so important for a better world.
I checked out a few blogs on the topic of sustainability including: Sustainabilityconsulting.com, frugallysustainable.com and SustainAbility.com. The language was very similar to the kind we used in class. For example, the blogs contained the terms: emerging answers, system-level challenges, re-envision, re-purpose, social equity, adaptability, etc. Similar conclusions were also reached in the blogs compared to what we talked about in class. The importance of the triple bottom line for sustainable development, the integration of social, economic, and environmental goals, was mentioned in two blogs I read. SustainAbility.com provided an informative and insightful blog about ‘businesses, cities, and the urban sustainability imperative’. It relayed how business and social agendas are overlapping in the city of San Francisco. Author/manager of the blog, Mohammed Al-Shawaf, says because of this, we are turning a corner on the greater sustainability challenges. I am very glad to hear (or read) so.