Knowledge is power
Knowledge reveals and unlocks doors of opportunity.
My progress to live a sustainable life is hampered by lack of knowledge. It is unfortunate that the knowledge I seek is scattered across many sources, and is less than easy to track down. It would seem that for humanity to progress on a sustainable path then knowledge must be freely available in easily assessable locations.
Surfing the internet it is a challenge to find internet sites on sustainability for the individual. It appears that sustainability has the mentality of being the province of the politician, academic or the corporate for which nearly all sustainability websites seem to cater for. Since it is you and me, the individual, who are the change masters to make sustainability in the world happen, it is a madness that knowledge is targeted in a top-down rather than a bottom-up way.
Similarly, when I visited the bookshops of Colchester I found just one book that addressed sustainability.
For the change master to take the actions to create a sustainable world the doors of opportunity must be revealed, and the keys to unlocking those doors provided to them; which can happen if knowledge is made available to you and me.
The following are the sustainability actions that this quest for knowledge resulted in:
Sustainability Action 11 : I purchased a second-hand book on sustainability
Try and buy second-hand; it saves you money and reuses items people dispose of. I went into a second-hand bookshop in Colchester to buy “Where on earth are we going?” by Jonathon Porritt. The book is twenty years old but deals with the problems and solutions that are still relevant today around the subject of sustainability. The book when new is £9.99 and I got it for £1.50.
Sustainability Action 12 : I joined the Guardian Sustainable Business forum.
I run a business, so finding this site was a treasure trove of knowledge for me. Dedicated to the business owner, but also relevant to the individual, this site is hosted by the Guardian newspaper. The Guardian is a social and liberal publication that has recognised that sustainability is an important area to be involved in.