- We must include all externalities
- we must open our eyes to see all options regardless of the source - "The truth is the truth even if we hear it from a liar" comes to mind here...
- Profit can be a motive, but let's move it down a couple of notches - we can have our cake and eat it too - but we're not allowed to kill anyone to get the cake
I think these three groups/organizations/movements can provide the vast majority of the solution not just to fixing our immediate problem, and not just to reach the 'sustainable' point, but to move to an environment of constant improvement.Lester R Brown "Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to save civilization"
This book lists the problems, organizes them into two major categories - Population Pressure: Land and Water
and Climate Change and the Energy Transition
- and then outlines a complete response that can be implemented across the entire planet with current technology and for less money than our current level of spending.
The book's in stores and available free in PDF format from the Earth Policy Institute's website:http://www.earth-policy.org/books/pb4Permaculture
What it is:http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mollison.html
Mollison: Permaculture: A Designer's Manual wrote:Permaculture...is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way...
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.
The single best book I've found is the main "Permaculture: A Designer's Manual"http://www.amazon.com/Permaculture-Designers-Manual-Bill-Mollison/dp/0908228015/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995280&sr=8-1
This is a nearly 600 page dense text that covers philosophy, ethics, chemistry, physics, meteorology, climatology, geometry, botany, hydrology, soil science and other aspects of geology, landscape design, money and finance, trusts and legal structure, village and town development...etc. etc...
Other books are a better place to start, however - especially if one wants to concentrate on the food/gardening/ag/land/agroforestry piece of the puzzle:http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Permaculture-Bill-Mollison/dp/0908228082/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995280&sr=8-3http://www.amazon.com/Gaias-Garden-Second-Edition-Permaculture/dp/1603580298/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995280&sr=8-2http://www.amazon.com/Sepp-Holzers-Permaculture-Small-Scale-Gardening--With/dp/160358370X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995280&sr=8-4
There's plenty on Youtube - look for permaculture, Bill Mollison, and/or Geoff Lawton for the core info.The Rocky Mountain Institute
A "think and do tank" that's in the trenches to help redesign transportation, energy, housing, and other areas. Huge focus on efficiency.http://www.rmi.org/Each of these three is an existing organization/structure, has been in the trenches more than long enough and have a highly significant track record, and are actively changing the world.
Let's add to the list?