How do we live with purpose without leaving a mess for future generations? While inundated with gloomy assessments (related to the decline in civic dialogue, climate change, etc.), where can we turn for examples of everyday people who—while not inured to the chaos—are living differently? This is Living Sustainably.Whitney Sanford, professor of religious studies at the University of Florida, asks, “Can a constellation of ideals such as nonviolence, radical democracy, voluntary simplicity, and self‐sufficiency yield an innovative, sustainable, and equitable paradigm for how we might live sustainably upon the earth?” (21). She narrows the scope of the book by asking what can we learn from those who take the mantra “Be the change one wishes to see in the world” (attributed to Gandhi) as a clarion call to live differently. Sanford concludes that “Gandhi's environmental thought is inseparable from his social thought and has offered a paradigm to evaluate the intimate—and frequently overlooked—ties between the environmental degradation and social inequities that inform contemporary concerns about sustainability and the food we eat” (134). Thus Sanford keeps her focus on the pragmatic, everyday decisions about housing and food provisioning in various intentional communities throughout the United States.Previous studies have documented the
Rural Sociology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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