At the Longfellow Sustainability book group meeting today we talked a bit about economic growth and development. Some of us feel the economic downturn is going to continue until we reach a level that is sustainable. Some feel development can continue to move forward at high speed but it needs to move in a vastly different direction.
It’s not evident that we are making progress in this arena, but progress is being made. Check out this website about the Blue Economy and the work of Gunter Pauli.
“The blue economy is using the waste of one product as the input for another. These innovations will revolutionize the industries they are applied in, making consumption of those products a positive action. Thus, it will become possible to live in a sustainable way, responding to all basic needs for water, food, energy, health and shelter.”
You can hear and see some examples of what Mr. Pauli is talking about in this video: