ISLANDERSALL encourages and promotes eco-lifestyles: voluntary lifestyle choices that reflect the core values of many of the world's island cultures: simplicity, self-sufficiency, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, fairness, humor, gratitude, generosity, community — and love and respect for the beauty, diversity, wonder, regenerative capacity, and healing power of the natural world.
Growing some of your own food or replacing a car with a fun and immensely simpler, cheaper, cleaner, and greener electric cargo bike — the future is electric, my friends — are good beginnings for budding ecological citizens of all ages and economics means.
You see, unlike most mainlanders, islanders 'get' the necessity of living ecologically balanced lives, of being good stewards of the environment, and of basing their local, resilient, community-based economic systems on long-term sustainable well-being and real wealth (personal and ecological health) for all, rather than on short-term profits and runaway 'financial capital' virtual wealth (money) for a few.
But we mainlanders are slowly (and grudgingly) coming around. And because our numbers are now very large, our technologies are now very powerful, and our negative impacts on the interconnected and interdependent natural world — of which we are a part, embedded in, connected to — are now very damaging; we must accept the reality that 'economic growth' for humanity must soon come to an end on our full, finite, and ecologically ravaged planet.
Indeed, we must acknowledge the inconvenient truth that clear environmental limits have been reached.
With a massive ecological footprint from over two centuries of unfettered fossil-fueled economic hypergrowth, we have collectively reached the water's edge. And we find that we are now, suddenly, ...
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